Devotional Readings

Luke 5 – The Bible and Prayer

There seem to be soooo many books today on Prayer.. This must be good business for the book writers and publishers.

In Luke 5:16 we see one of the many examples of Jesus praying.
Luk 5:16  And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

We don’t have evidence of how he prayed, though we know from John 17 one example of his actual prayer to the Father…

Joh 17:1  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

Read the whole chapter….but note this is not a mystical prayer, but one of substance and heart,

And certainly he prayed with intense passion in this example.

Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Luk 22:43  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

Luk 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luk 22:45  And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

Luk 22:46  And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

We are encouraged to pray out of the crowded centers, where we get the glory ourselves from those who see us pray.

In my mind, the teaching in the Bible is sufficient enough to guide us in prayer.

Mat 6:5  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Mat 6:6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Mat 6:8  Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Mat 6:9  After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Mat 6:14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

Mat 6:15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

We don’t need the latest and greatest book to instruct us on some old or new technique and we don’t need the mystical power of the Eastern meditation and repeated says of some (Christian) mantra.

Nor should we expect some mystical special revelation during our prayers. We should though have a through knowledge of the scriptures…. Both Jesus and the NT writers quote scripture extensively, it is through the understand of God’s word we get revelation….and it is sufficient.

These do seem quite attractional today though. At least the books and seminars sell well.

I will stick with the Bible.

2Ti 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

This is not to say I or we have a grasp on prayer, this is probably one of the main difficulties in my walk and can be attributed to Satan knowning it has power, and does all to get us to neglect it.

Women seem to grasp it more, but I observe they are also more attached to the books and techniques. What seems to be needed is:

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Btw…this involvement in prayer goes back to the beginning…

Gen 4:26  And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

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