“…Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (1Peter 2:21).

Considering the subject of prayer, one cannot be said to be following in the steps of Jesus if prayer is not a personal priority in his life. For example:

*      After healing the multitudes at Capernaum, before daybreak Jesus went to a solitary place and prayed (Mark 1:35Mark 1:35
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35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose up and went out, and departed into a desert place, and there prayed.

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*      After the miracle of feeding the 5,000he 5,000
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Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se za?ne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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, Jesus ascended a nearby mountain and prayed (Matthew 14:23Matthew 14:23
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23 And after he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into the mountain apart to pray: and when even was come, he was there alone.

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*      At His baptism, Jesus prayed (Luke 3:21Luke 3:21
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21 Now it came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that, Jesus also having been baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

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*      Before his first confrontation with the Jewish leaders, Jesus prayed (Luke 5:16Luke 5:16
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16 But he withdrew himself in the deserts, and prayed.

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*      Before choosing the 12 disciples, Jesus prayed (Luke 6:12Luke 6:12
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12 And it came to pass in these days, that he went out into the mountain to pray; and he continued all night in prayer to God.

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*      Before the first prophecy of His death, Jesus prayed (Luke 9:18Luke 9:18
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18 And it came to pass, as he was praying apart, the disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Who do the multitudes say that I am?

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*      At the transfiguration site, Jesus prayed (Luke 9:29Luke 9:29
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29 And as he was praying, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and dazzling.

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*      Jesus was praying when His disciples came and asked Him to “teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1Luke 11:1
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11 1 And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples.

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*      In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed (Matthew 26:39Matthew 26:39
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39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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*      While hanging on the Cross, Jesus prayed (Luke 23:34Luke 23:34
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34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.

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Furthermore, Jesus admonished His disciples to pray: “Pray that ye enter not into temptation” (Luke 22:40Luke 22:40
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40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

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).  Jesus encouraged His followers to “Ask, and it shall be given you” (Luke 11:9Luke 11:9
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9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

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). Jesus even told three parables, the major emphasis of which was prayer: Luke 11:5-13Luke 11:5-13
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5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine is come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; 7 and he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee? 8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needeth. 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11 And of which of you that is a father shall his son ask a loaf, and he give him a stone? or a fish, and he for a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion? 13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

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Luke 18:1-8Luke 18:1-8
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18 1 And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2 saying, There was in a city a judge, who feared not God, and regarded not man: 3 and there was a widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them? 8 I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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Luke 18:11-13Luke 18:11-13
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11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I get. 13 But the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote his breast, saying, God, be thou merciful to me a sinner.

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The point is this: Since the Son of God felt such a keen need of prayer, how much more ought we to feel this need?!  Would Jesus spend so much time in His brief stay on this earth in prayer if it availed nothing?!  Would Jesus encourage His disciples to pray if it was really just a waste of time?

How much power in the individual Christian’s life, as well as in the church, is voided because of a lack of fervent prayer?  “Power belongs to God” (Psalm 62:11Psalm 62:11
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11 God hath spoken once, Twice have I heard this, That power belongeth unto God.

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);  God will give power to His faithful children (2 Timothy 1:72 Timothy 1:7
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7 For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

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) — however, “You have not, because you ask not” (James 4:2James 4:2
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2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not.

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Toby Miller

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