weekly devotional


Pray Like jesus

Throughout the gospels we see a consistent theme circle around time and time again. It is Jesus and His devotion to having quality time with the Father in prayer. We see this theme, but we also recognize passages of scripture like Luke 5:16 where Jesus is said to “often” have gone out to the wilderness to pray; meaning that there are many instances in which He would go pray that are not stated in the gospels. What is clear is that Jesus valued time in prayer with the Father. He values seeking, knowing, glorifying, and having quality time with the Father. He is a model of what it means to be committed to God in prayer. 

Mark 6:46 - And after He had taken leave of them, He went up on the mountain to pray.

Matthew 14:23 - And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 

Luke 6:12 - In these days He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God.

How often do we remove ourselves to go pray? How often, do we purposely go into the wilderness to pray? These two elements of Jesus’ commitment to time with the Father are significant. They remind us that if the Son of God needs this much time with the Father, we also need much time with Him. If Jesus finds value in resting in creation before God, it may also be of value to us. I can honestly share that there have been several times in my life where for multiple hours I sat on a cliff, in the woods, or under a tree with my Bible to read and pray. I always leave feeling as though I have had meaningful time with God that was spiritually enriching. 

This practice of intentional time with God, reading His word, and resting in His creation is not just valuable for us, but is a great way of worshiping the Lord. He desires to have our undivided attention focused on Him. He desires to speak into our lives and to fill us spiritually. As we learn to long for these significant moments of quality time with God, we need to also know that He longs for them as well. Our God loves us deeply and wants to invest in us as we pursue Him. 

Action Steps: 

       1.    Set aside some time to read a chapter from one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and then go for a                     prayer walk. During your walk, talk to God about what you read, and bring your Bible with you so you can read it one                   or two more times during your walk. 

                        a.       If you are able to go to a hiking trail like Days River, it may help you to better enjoy being in God’s creation. 

                        b.       Dress warm!