Summary: To show that we need to live a life of prayer like JESUS did to survive here on earth. Encouragements for prayer.
How often do you pray?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to live a life of prayer like JESUS did to survive here on earth. Encouragements for prayer.
Luke 6:12 (Amplified Bible)
6:12 Now in those days it occurred that He went up into a mountain to pray, and spent the whole night in prayer to God.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You taught us to pray frequently making us more like You and that I could live in Your Presence without ever living You by prayer.
Reason for overnight prayers
A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician
B. Date written: Before 70 A.D.
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of Christ as seen by eye witnesses,—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: Addressed to Theophilus, an unknown person. —Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
E. Main Theme: Jesus of Nazareth is the perfect Son of Man who came "to seek and to save that which was lost",—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Key words: Jesus the Son of Man.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Key verse: Luke 1:4 (Amplified Bible)
1:4 [My purpose is] that you may know the full truth and understand with certainty and security against error the accounts (histories) and doctrines of the faith of which you have been informed and in which you have been orally instructed.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Frequently the LORD prays in a mountain
"Now in those days it occurred that He went up into a mountain to pray,"
Psalms 55:16-17 (Amplified Bible)
55:16 As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord will save me.
55:17 Evening and morning and at noon will I utter my complaint and moan and sigh, and He will hear my voice.
Hebrews 5:7 (Amplified Bible)
5:7 In the days of His flesh [Jesus] offered up definite, special petitions [for that which He not only wanted but needed] and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him Who was [always] able to save Him [out] from death, and He was heard because of His reverence toward God [His godly fear, His piety, in that He shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father].
Mark 1:35 (Amplified Bible)
1:35 And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.
Matthew 6:6 (Amplified Bible)
6:6 But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.
Don't neglect the power of prayer. The LORD JESUS CHRIST is 100% man, and He never used His Divine Priveleges and Powers during his days of flesh on earth, but His healing ministry never failed because of His life that is full of prayers.
Philippians 2:7-8 (Amplified Bible)
2:7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
2:8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
He has showing an example for us to excel and be superior in our prayer life.
B. The LORD spent whole night in prayer to GOD
"and spent the whole night in prayer to God"
Colossians 4:2 (Amplified Bible)
4:2 Be earnest and unwearied and steadfast in your prayer [life], being [both] alert and intent in [your praying] with thanksgiving.
Mark 6:46 (Amplified Bible)
6:46 And after He had taken leave of them, He went off into the hills to pray.
Live a life of prayer like our LORD JESUS and you will live victoriously.
King David lived a life of prayer.
Psalms 22:2 (Amplified Bible)
22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but You answer not; and by night I am not silent or find no rest.
Apostle Paul lived a life of prayer.
1 Corinthians 14:18 (Amplified Bible)
14:18 I thank God that I speak in [strange] tongues (languages) more than any of you or all of you put together;
Apostle Paul lived a life of prayer, and he stated that he spoke in tongues more than all of his members in the Corinthian church combined. How did he do it? The moment he steps down from the pulpit he starts praying in tongues, in constant overnight prayer, fasting and tongues, and early in the morning praying in tongues.
Ephesians 6:18 (Amplified Bible)
6:18 Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).