PRAY LIKE JESUS
I heard many people indicate that they are not astute in prayer. They sometimes refer to someone else whom they admire for his or her praying ability. We should never emulate someone else’s praying style for our prayers should flow from our hearts. However, we should seek to pray as Jesus did. He was truly a prayer warrior and gave us a model for prayer. We learn to pray by praying and we have a wonderful teacher as we follow the Master’s example in praying. In Luke 23:34 we find our scriptural lesson today.
“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
In this moving passage of scripture, the Master is on the cross. He is near death and He prays. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” In the midst of death, the Master prays at a difficult time. He prays for mercy for those who are carrying out His pending death. It is a prayer of forgiveness. If we could learn of one prayer of forgiveness, our lives would be better. We would not pray for revenge but pray for forgiveness. This is not the only time the Master prayed in this manner. The Master’s heart was always open to reconciliation and forgiveness. If we prayed this prayer for those who caused us pain, our lives would be better. It takes a great deal of strength to depend on God. I pray that you are following the Master’s example. Take the time to read the Word of God thoroughly and see how many times the Master prayed for the forgiveness of others. He prayed about everything before He did anything. Prayer is not just words: it is actions. May your words and actions follow the Master’s teaching.
Luke 23:34 (KJV)