A letter to God,
I’m really inspired as I am reading in the Bible about the occasions Jesus was in prayer for strength and guidance. Several stories come to mind about the life He lived here on earth 2,000 years ago. I am discovering my need for strength and guidance.
As a kid, my family took me to church quite often before my teen years. I learned that Jesus came from heaven to earth to live as a human being. He was sent here to give a message about salvation for us from our sins. I don’t quite understand how this all took place. But right now I am overwhelmed with how much time He spent in prayer.
The Scriptures record that He prayed with the disciples many times. In fact, they were so impressed with the power He received from prayer that they requested, “Lord teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) And then, follows that prayer, “Our Father who art in Heaven…”
At least on one occasion He prayed for Simon Peter, that his faith would not fail. He prayed for all the disciples as He gathered them in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night He was betrayed.
He prayed for His own human faith to remain strong as He was about to go through that terrible experience of becoming the sacrifice for us. He faced the trial, and His coming death on the cross. He prayed in the Garden, “O My Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from Me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26: 39). These experiences are amazing to me!
His prayer at the tomb of Lazarus resulting in the dead man being raised to life! What an awesome day that was! (The Gospel of John, Chapter 11)
Jesus also prayed in private alot as well. On the hillside; and In a solitary place ( Mark 1: 35); and at other times too, He asked for strength and guidance from heaven. Sometimes He spent all night in prayer.( Luke 6: 12) My, what an experience that must have been for Him! It is quite a new thought that we can communicate with You, the Ruler of the Universe, through PRAYER as we would visit with a friend!
As I am talking to You, God, I am realizing that Jesus was very often spending time talking with You, as I am now. That was part of the secret of His power over the evil one. I want to develop more of a Prayer Habit. I can see the difference it will make in my spiritual life.
Thank you for the strength I am receiving from You to meet the temptations that I am facing every day.
Good bye for now, God. I feel a little stronger from this special time with You… Amen.
by Chaplain Don