“Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a particular spot, when He had ceased, that one particular of His disciples stated to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1)
They spent morning, noon, and evening with Him for 3 and a half years. They heard every single message, witnessed every single miracle, healing, deliverance, and release of energy. (Now just cease for a second and study these very first two sentences once more.) Let’s say that now an outpouring of the Spirit was released, and God anointed a pal of yours to travel all by means of the nations to release energy, healing, and deliverance and that for 3 and a half years you got to be in every single meeting, hear every single message, watch every single miracle, and then would get to hang with your pal back at the hotel interviewing him about what he meant by some of the messages, what he felt in the healings, and all round, just to be with him. Now take what I just shared with you, multiply it by a billion, and it nonetheless pales in comparison to what these young males knowledgeable with Jesus for 3 and a half years. They have been brought into the inner circle and have been offered a front row seat in witnessing the day-and-evening life and ministry of Jesus Christ. (It does not get any greater than that.)
And but, it wasn’t His messages, healings, and deliverances that they wanted to be taught in. They undoubtedly discovered so quite a few factors from witnessing all of these glorious realities. However nonetheless, we do not see one particular recorded time exactly where they asked Jesus to teach them in these. They wanted His prayer life. They watched this Man reside in full surrender and dependence on the Father. And it looked like something—it looked like a life of prayer.
E. M. Bounds as soon as stated “that it was worth a trip from heaven to earth to teach males to pray.” And if there was one particular lasting impression Jesus created on these who have been about Him the most, it was His praying. His communing praying, His agonizing praying, His joyful praying, His grieving and sorrowing praying, His faith-filled praying, His confident praying, His weeping praying, His silent praying, and His loud praying. Jesus could go from preaching a message to prayer devoid of skipping a beat. Prayer wasn’t a “religious activity” to a productive ministry, but it was exactly where He lived. These disciples watched Him rise a extended though ahead of dawn and pray. They watched Him pray by means of the evening in agonizing prayer. They watched Him rejoice ahead of God in prayer, and above all, they heard the way He talked to God, and they have been undone. God wasn’t a far off, distant, stoic becoming but He was Abba, Father.
They connected the dots and knew that Jesus’ public life of ministry was the outcome of His private life of prayer. From His very first public message to His final, He emphasized prayer. Luke states, “He . . . normally withdrew . . . and prayed.” It wasn’t a side portion of His life but was the really bone, marrow, and DNA of His life. It wasn’t “salt on the meal” but was “the meal itself.” Not only did He teach on prayer—He prayed.
They watched Him pray. They watched God, the Son, speak to God, the Father, by means of God, the Spirit. They saw the intimacy, the vulnerability, the intensity that came out of Him as He prayed—He emptied Himself of all of His divine privileges, throwing Himself totally on the Father. 1 of my favourite verses is John 17:1, “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and stated: Father.” Jesus went from preaching to prayer effortlessly, and with His eyes opened towards heaven, He spoke.
The disciple’s wish to be taught in prayer was so considerably far more than having a great prayer life to be powerful in ministry, but it was primarily based in the truth that they had watched Him, heard Him, and have been provoked. Jesus, as the greatest leader ever, provoked one particular issue out of these who saw Him the most: a wish for His prayer life.
This, suitable right here, need to result in every single leader, no matter whether it be top two or two million, to reassess what precisely our influence is on these who are about us the most, these who see us the most and hear us the most. Do they want our prayer life or our preaching present? Our prayer life or our intellectual capability? Our networking capabilities? Our favor? Our wisdom?
When no one particular is watching, what is your life provoking the most in these that are about you?
Charles Spurgeon stated, “I would rather teach one particular man to pray than ten males to preach.” This is a staggering statement coming from, arguably, one particular of the greatest preachers who has ever lived. 1 of the most gifted orators in history understood this. However so handful of now, with lesser gifting, realize this. What Charles understood is that all gifting, capability, and grace is born, cultivated, matured, and empowered by means of a life of prayer. Who cares if you have faith to move the mountains, wisdom to construct empires, and gifting to shake nations if you do not have really like? And that really like, that presence, that reality is only located in communion with Abba.
I think we are going to see a generation of parents who are going to lay hold of this vision, and it will release a move of the Spirit amongst the subsequent generation. I think our children will bear in mind our tears, our prayers, and the presence of Jesus on our life far far more than something else. I have a vision that our children will wake up in the morning, run into the living space, and see mom and/or dad on the couch with bible open, notebook open, worship music on, and tears and prayers flowing. Our children will under no circumstances neglect these moments as one particular resounding revelation hits them: Jesus is not a as soon as-a-week meeting but is a genuine individual whom mom and dad are connected to. That will do far more to shift the cultures in our properties and in our society than something we’ve ever noticed. I think this will do far more to shift a much less-than-4-% church engagement than any method or strategy we can come up with.
We are in desperate need to have for a generation of leaders to arise with deep, constant lives of prayer. From our properties to our churches, to our pulpits, to our schools, we need to have leaders to come forth that take their crowns of gifting, wisdom, and capability and cast them continually down ahead of the Lamb by prioritizing time spent in prayer above any other ministry. Exactly where are these who will concentrate on ministry to God above every single other ministry? I think it is time for leaders to not develop into just a jack of all trades but to seek to develop into the master of one particular: interaction with heaven. This subsequent generation desperately desires mothers and fathers to take them by the hand and introduce them to the most gorgeous and glorious individual, Jesus, instruction them in this glorious college that we under no circumstances graduate from: the college of prayer.
What will you do to strengthen your prayer life?
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Corey Russell serves on the senior leadership group of the International Residence of Prayer, possessing been portion of the core group considering the fact that 2000, and is an instructor at International Residence of Prayer University. With a mission to disciple and train young preachers and leaders, Corey travels nationally and internationally preaching on the expertise of God, intercession, and the forerunner ministry. He is the author of 4 books, like Prayer: Why Our Words to God Matter and The Glory Inside. Corey resides in Kansas City with his wife, Dana, and their 3 daughters, Trinity, Mya, and Hadassah.