“The business of Christ even now in heaven at his Father’s right hand is to pray. Certainly if we are His, if we love him, if we live for him and if we live close to him, we will catch the contagion of his praying life both on earth and in heaven. We will learn his trade and carry on his business on earth.” EM Bounds
Great teachers always model what they teach. Many times we have focused on Jesus’ teaching on prayer and not examined his prayer life as shown in the Gospel. Yet E. M. Bounds, that prayer general of yesteryear, contends that the business of Christ is the business of prayer both while he was on earth and now in heaven. I found this intriguing and so determined to check it out for myself. So in these next postings I would like us to carry out a case study of the prayer life of Jesus Christ in the light of his teachings while on earth. The Bible teaches us that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us.
The Bible teaches us that His ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are different from ours. (Isaiah 55:9). I trust that this case study will help us align to His thoughts and ways on prayer. This will help us avoid a common human mistake: Often we try to reduce the Word of God to the level of our experiences, rather than raise our experiences to the level of the Word of God.
The brief and comprehensive commentary of his prayer life found in Heb 5:7-9 simply says, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered”. ESV. Within this text we observe immediately a few core things like his passionate and emotional supplications. Many people say prayer should not be loud and emotional. It seems Jesus disagrees because he taught by pattern that you can. Jesus prayed even though he is and was God. If Jesus in his human body needed prayer, I wonder how much more I a mere mortal needs it. This Scripture also emphasizes that Jesus was answered because of His reverence. It clearly shows that the reverential fear of God is critical to answered prayer. I cannot live whichever way I want and expect answered prayer. My conduct can sabotage my prayer life. His prayer life was intensely emotional, personally engaged and really practical. Lord teach me to pray!
Extract from my recent book The Business of Prayer. Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Business-Prayer-Serious-Offensive/dp/149093622X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386742334&sr=8-1&keywords=DR+T.+A.+Makoni