Jesus was a man of prayer. He prayed often and one occasion, he prayed all night long. Notice Hebrews 5:7 (NLT) “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.” God listened to Jesus' prayers and we can learn a lot from his instructions on prayer? What can we learn from Jesus’ instructions on prayer?
* We can learn how to pray. (See Luke 11:1)
* We can about what to pray for.(See Luke 11: 2-4)
* We can learn why we should persist in prayer. (See Luke 11: 5-13)
In this discussion, I will focus on why we should persist in prayer. Why we should not stop petitioning our Heavenly Father. Why we should be patient in waiting for a response.
In Luke 11:5-13 there is an example of why Jesus said we should persist in prayer. In those verses, there is a parable or illustration of a man who asks his friend for some food supplies so that he can feed an unexpected visiting friend. His neighbor friend tries to put him off, butbecause he persists, his friend finally gives in and gives him what he asks for. Jesus makes the point that if his friend upon repeated requests accedes to his requests, how much more will our Heavenly Father accede to our requests if we persist in prayer.
In Luke 18:1-8 Jesus tells us of another parable as to why we should persist in prayer. In these verses Jesus tells us about a judge who is no respecter of persons and will not render justice to a widow. However, she keeps persisting in her requests till this uncaring judge finally acts. Jesus makes the point that in an uncaring judge can be moved to act justly, how much more so will our caring God respond to our petitions.
There is so much we can learn from Jesus’ prayers and from his instructions on prayer. Let us all keep reading the Gospel accounts and learn from Jesus about how to pray, what are the proper things to pray about, and why we should persist in prayer till we get a answer to our prayers.