Lord, Teach Me To Pray Like Jesus

“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.  And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” Jn. 11:41-43
The Father always hears Jesus when He prays. The Father always hears you when you pray. Have you ever asked Jesus, “Jesus, What did You pray that day? When one of Your best friends had passed away. How did You pray about it?” I mean He was so calm and peaceful when He got the news that Lazarus was dead, He somehow knew His Father would take care of everything. Did He ask the Father there and then to bring Lazarus back to life? Did the Father reveal to Him that He would? Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always. Do you hear the intimacy of prayer here? Confident that He has been heard and confident that He has the answer, because His Father is involved and even showed it to Him. He utters this beautiful, sweet prayer even before the manifestation of the answer! Oh that we would grasp this privilege of prayer!
Scripture doesn’t record the details of the prayer of Jesus on this occasion or perhaps it does. Perhaps He prayed a prayer He spoke Himself through one of the psalmists years ago, recorded in the Book of Psalms. He could have prayed before, during, or after He got the news that His dear friend had passed away. He could have prayed about it silently as the news was delivered because somehow, someway, He knew the outcome – that his friend Lazarus was only asleep. (see Jn. 11:11). Oh to be in such a place in God to be so calm amidst such a storm! In the face of death itself! “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? … But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. ‭15:55)
Lord, teach me how to pray like Jesus? There is a time for quiet, quick prayers, there is time for long, travailing prayers, but all prayers are preceded and held up by a loving relationship with the Father through His Son Jesus. A loving parent may instantly honor his/her child’s request out of sheer love, or they may make the child wait, also out of sheer love. When we pray to our Heavenly Father, even in the waiting to hear His answer, if His answer is “wait”, or even if it’s “no”, even in the waiting, there is love. He makes us wait because He loves us and He has a good reason for it. Do you always explain every detail of “wait” to your children?
Could it be that Jesus, being fully Human, was tempted to run and bring His dear friend Lazarus back to life immediately? Well, why not? He was in all points tempted like as we are, yet also being fully God, He was without sin, so even though He was touched with the feeling of our infirmities (see Heb. 4:15), to rush into action not unctioned by the Spirit of the Father, as He communed with the Father, in constant prayer, He would not yield to any temptation. His total obedience to the Father made Him wait. Perhaps the Father whispered ever so gently to His Son, “Wait on Me: be of good courage, and I shall strengthen Thine heart: wait, I say, on Me.”‭‭ (see Ps. 27:14‬). I can even imagine Him saying, “I know You love Lazarus. I love Him too. I love You so much and the people I have given You, I will now reveal You to them as the Resurrection and the Life so they know Me, and believe that I sent You to bring them eternal life. Fear not, stand still My Son, and see My Salvation, which I will show to You today” (see Ex. 14:13) Oh what a place in prayer Jesus has with our Father! Lord, teach me how to pray like Jesus? In the waiting, He was strengthened and the Father revealed His plan to reveal His Son to all as the Resurrection and the Life (Jn. 11:25), that we may have hope beyond the grave. We willsee our loved ones again, who passed on to be with the Lord, rest assured. Jesus got this confirmation of who He was through prayer that He was able to confidently and calmly say to distraught Martha “Thy brother shall rise again” (Jn. 11:23). In such unbroken fellowship with the Father He will reveal who you are in Him.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;… (see ‭Is. 40:31‬)
Oh Lord, teach me to pray like Jesus? Teach me how to spend time with You continually. Jesus was always praying because prayer is communication with God and He was in continual, direct communication with God the Father. My Mom once said that “prayer is a way of life”. One of the 1st words of wisdom I received from her shortly after I got saved, as she shared this with the Monday night women’s prayer group. Thinking on this, Jesus’ entire life is prayer. He always saw His Father speak and do things, then repeated what He saw and heard. (See Jn. 5:29-21). This is what I pray for myself and for all my brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us ask our Abba Father, in Jesus’ name, to teach us how to stay in constant, unbroken communion and fellowship with Him. Now that is prayer. Lord, teach us how to pray like Jesus? We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” Lk. 11:1-4‬
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Matt. 6:13‬
Mary Hudson