All throughout the New Testament – the books of Matthew thru Revelation (27 books) – you will find that the heartbeat of Jesus was prayer. He wanted some alone time with God.
Luke 5:16: “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Even Jesus needed to get away from routine, crowded schedules and people at times!
Jesus knew the importance and power of every day prayer – his private prayer life motivated his public prayer life.
Here’s a scenario … Jesus friend Lazarus is dead. Jesus does something CRAZY – He prays. Here is his prayer: “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me” (John 11:41-42).
He tells them to move the stone – they do. Then He says, “Lazarus. Come out.” And he does.
Now, I am not advocating you to open the coffin at the next funeral you attend and try this, but what a CRAZY prayer. Jesus prayed a dead friend to life – NUTS!
There are several lessons in this passage, but let’s yank one of them out – it could be quickly overlooked – “I know that you always hear me.”
Grab hold of this truth today! Your prayers are never unheard. God hears ever single request you make – every tear you shed – every word you speak.
God hears and responds. Now it may not always be the way you want, but every prayer is heard by God.
How about when Jesus is on the cross? I mean, he is going through absolute torture and agony. Do you remember one of his prayers? “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing?” He is forgiving his murderers and asking God to do the same.
That’s CRAZY, but that is just like Jesus!
To ask God for our own forgiveness, powerful!
To ask God to forgive someone else, life-changing! CRAZY!