40 Days of Focus: Day 7
Day 7: When You Pray
Read and Reflect On: Matthew 6:5-8
“When you pray…”
Everyone knows that Jesus taught about many things. He was a teacher. They called Him Rabbi for a reason. When He taught we know that the people were amazed because He taught as one having authority (Matt. 7:29; Mark 1:22; Luke 4:32). In other words, Jesus spoke as if He knew what He was talking about. He was confident about what He was saying.
It should come to no surprise to us that Jesus would speak with authority about prayer. After all, the scriptures are full of instances in which Jesus goes away to pray. Prayer was a regular and normal part of the Son of God’s life. In my mind, there are two areas in the gospels where we get an intimate glimpse of what the private prayer life of Jesus might have looked like. We get a look at His teaching about Prayer in Matthew 6:5-15 and in Luke 11. In the Matthew passage (our passage of reflection today) we find Jesus’ teaching on prayer in the middle of His Sermon on the Mount, which has been called the greatest sermon ever preached. Here, Jesus is giving instruction about the humble, authentic, private prayer of a believer who is focused on the Father and His will rather than the onlooking eyes of others.
The second is in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His arrest and eventual crucifixion in (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46). Here we see the passionate prayers of a compassionate savior who is surrendered to the will of His Father no matter the personal cost. It has always struck me that the suffering of Christ did not begin at the moment of Judas’ betrayal. It began in prayer, in a garden, among friends.
If Jesus, being the Son of God, lived a life of prayer, shouldn’t we? If Jesus was the authority on prayer, shouldn’t we learn from His example and His words? What does Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6 tell you about your prayer life and how it might improve? What is God asking you to do in regard to prayer?
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