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Pray!
If Jesus was God, why on earth would He need to pray? Philippians 2:5-8 tells us why. “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
When Jesus became human it wasn’t like putting on a costume, pretending to be human. Instead, He set aside who He was to become what we are. And because Jesus became what we are, He needed prayer like we do.
Being human meant He was faced with the same weaknesses and limitations that we are. So, when Jesus prayed, He prayed for the same reasons we do.
First, Jesus prayed for strength. When faced with the reality of his imminent crucifixion, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for the strength He would need to complete His earthly mission. And as He fell to His knees, He prayed with such passion that He sweated blood. If Jesus needed to pray for strength, it stands to reason that we do, too.
Second, Jesus prayed for direction. In Mark 1:29-39 we read about Jesus being in Capernaum during a powerful time in His ministry. People are amazed at His teaching, and they’ve been healed of demon possession and disease. But in Mark 1:35 we’re told that: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” And when He was finished, Jesus suddenly says: “Let’s go somewhere else, to the nearby villages, so I can preach there too. That is why I have come.” (Mark 1:38)
That’s seems shocking. Why would He suddenly decide to leave a totally successful area where people are literally breaking down the door to be with Him and feel his touch and hear his preaching? Instead, He decides it’s time to move on to “somewhere else.”
Why would He do that? Because He’d spent time in prayer. He’d been involved in a strategy session with His Father, and when He came out of prayer, He focused Himself on the task of plowing more ground for the Kingdom. His prayer had clarified His purpose and His goal.
That’s the major reason why you and I need prayer, too. You and I need to talk our plans over with God to ask His guidance; to seek His will. As Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
When we spend time in prayer, we make our plans with more confidence and build more successfully. We find more clarity of purpose because we’ve involved God in our plans.
Like Jesus, we need to find our purpose in prayer with the Master Builder. So, pray!