14 Secret Lessons from the prayer life of Jesus that will improve your prayer life.

Delve into the prayer life of Jesus and discover powerful lessons to enhance your own communication with God. Learn how…
Achinike Amadi

on July 4, 2024

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    lessons from the prayer life of Jesus
  • Prayer, commonly translated in Greek as proseuche, is a vital part of the Christian faith. So much so that there is almost an unanimous vote that all Christians ought to pray. However, many Believers all over the world, at some point in their Christian journey, struggle with this necessary yet spiritual exercise.

    How can I develop a deep and meaningful prayer life based on scriptures?

    That’s where divergences begin to come into play. Irrespective of denominational differences, Jesus’s prayer life is a reliable example to follow. Our ultimate Role Model had a rich relationship with God the Father through frequent and heartfelt prayer.

    Let’s delve into some of the Bible’s verses about Jesus’ prayer life to inspire us toward a more consistent and meaningful connection with God.

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    Unveiling Jesus’ Secret: Bible Verses on His Powerful Prayer Life

    All four authors of the Gospel had a lot to say about Jesus prayer life. According to Emmanuel Iren, author of Pray Book, the words, pray and prayer are used at least 25 times in connection with Jesus. Below are some of those verses.

    Mark 1:35

    “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

    While It is advisable to start your day by seeking God in prayer, this verse doesn’t mean that mornings are the best time to pray. Every time is a good time to commune with The Heavenly father. This verses however, instructs us to have a designated time and place of prayer if we want to cultivate a prayer habit.
    Key Lesson: Have a private prayer life. Create space and time for it in your daily activity. Basically, give it real estate within your life.

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    Luke 6:12

    “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

    Prayer is worth staying up for! Jesus’ dedication to pray all night reminds us that communication with God should come first, no matter the time.
    Key Lesson(s): Prioritize Prayer. Pray whenever you get the chance to for Prayer is a necessity for the Believer. Another lesson to glean from this verse is that there are times in prayer when you need to persist. Believers should be able to pray long and spend extensive period of time with God in prayer.

    Matthew 14:23

    “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening came, he was there alone.”

    People often approach God with varying prayers based on their current needs. However, it’s essential to examine the motives behind our prayers. Are we using prayer merely as a tool to get things from God? Jesus’ prayer life teaches us that communication with God should be more than a means to an end.

    Key Lesson: Prayer should be a consistent part of our lives, not just a reaction to crisis. Jesus prayed regularly, seeking God’s guidance after significant events. He understood his dependence on God, and we should adopt this mindset, recognizing our need for God’s sustenance and direction daily.

    Hebrews 5:7

    “Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;”

    Key Lesson: Jesus prayed fervently and with emotion. We should approach our prayer life with the same sincerity and zeal, knowing that God hears and answers our prayers.

    John 17:1-26

    “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”

    Here, Jesus prays for his disciples and for future believers. He asks for unity among his followers and that they would be protected and sanctified by the truth.

    Key Lesson: Jesus prayed for others, including those who would follow him. We should also intercede in prayer for others, lifting them up to the Lord.

    Luke 5:15-16

    “But the news about Jesus spread all the more widely, and crowds of people came to hear him and be healed from their diseases. But he would go away to lonely places, where he prayed.”

    Would you still pray consistently and diligently if you became largely successful and renowned? Would you still need God or would be too busy to pray because of the things God blessed you with?

    Key Lesson: Again Prayer wasn’t just a means to an end for Jesus. It was vital to his spiritual life. In Prayer, seek after Jesus for The Bread that he is and not the bread that he gives just like Jesus did in relationship with God, the Father.

    Matthew 26:36-46

    “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.”

    Jesus went on to pray three times in this place, expressing his distress at the suffering he was about to endure.

    Key Lesson: Jesus showed his humanity by expressing distress and grief to God. We can bring our genuine emotions and struggles to God in a fervent prayer. We can be vulnerable in the place of Prayer.

    John 11:41-43

    “And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”

    There are quite a lot of things to unpack in this passage of scripture. Here, Jesus gives thanks to God for hearing his prayer even before making any request. More interestingly, he gave thanks audibly so those present can witness God’s glory and power. Also, Jesus prayed a short prayer and it was equally powerful.

    Key Lesson: There is a place for both long and short prayers. Short prayers become really effective when it is backed by large amounts of power generated from long prayer stretches. I call this “The Cummulative Prayer Effect.”

    Romans 8:26-27

    “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

    The Apostle Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit aids our prayer life, interceding for us when we don’t know how to pray or what to ask for. Mind you, do not misconstrue “groaning” as “Tongues”. Tongues is a spiritual utterance while these groanings cannot be uttered as described in the text.

    Key Lesson: We are never alone in prayer; the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Also, praying in the Spirit’s power ensures our prayers align with God’s will.

    Matthew 6:9-13

    This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. But deliver us from the evil one”.

    Key lessons:

    • If this is Jesus’ response to his disciples request to be taught how to pray, it means prayer can indeed be taught and learned.
    • It means there is a right way to pray and it is important to do it right.
    • Prayer is based on relationship
    • Identity of parties in the relationship is the bedrock of True prayers.

    Discover more powerful insights about this Prayer here in this deep study on The Lord’s Prayer

    Luke 22:31-32

    “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

    While this verse captures a (in my opinion) funny literary device, It also informs us of an enemy who wants to cause serious harm to the Believer. Fear not for In Christ, he is under your feet, defeated.
    Key lessons:

    • Be watchful, alert and diligent. You have a hardworking enemy waging war on you. Exercise your authority in prayer
    • Pray for someone. I’ve learned that we rise by lifting others. Having a selfless reason to pray may provide requisite motivation to rise above your struggles associated with prayer.
    • Pray for the body of Christ.

    Luke 22:42

    Luke22:42; Bible verse and quote on the prayer life of Jesus

    “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

    In this verse we see the balance between Supplication and Submission.

    Key Lesson: Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done, even in the face of immense suffering. We should also surrender our own desires and ask God to guide us along the path he has planned for us.

    John 17:1

    “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes unto heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that the Son may glorify thee:”

    Jesus prayed for glorification, recognizing that his mission on Earth was to bring glory to God.

    Key Lesson: What to pray about? God’s will for your life. Speak to God about his plans and agenda for your life. In all, We should also pray that our lives would reflect God’s glory.

    Luke 9:29

    “And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became white and glistering.”

    Key Lesson: Prayer can be a transformative experience. When we communicate with God, we open ourselves to spiritual change and renewal.

    Matthew 26:39

    “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

    Look are the actions Jesus took. They are expressing strong emotions. I know some people do so in the name of personality types. You are not being overdramatic or loud.

    Key Lesson: Pray heartfelt, fervent prayers. Don’t restrict the expression of your heart in prayer. Let your actions always reflect your heart in prayer. When solemn we should be able to see it, when happy and when sorrowful as well.

    Matthew 26:46

    “Rise up, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.”

    Jesus was aware of the impending betrayal and chose to face it head-on. Where it all the courage and strength come from? How did Jesus go from “Let this cup of suffering pass me by” to Let us be going

    Key Lesson:  In the place of prayer, we can find strength and courage. While it’s difficult, we should pray for courage to confront challenging situations, knowing that God is with us.

    Matthew 26:42

    He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

    Jesus come into place of prayer again and prayed the exact same thing. It reveals an attitude of tenacity and determination. Have you learned to persist in the place of prayer when the need arises?

    Key Lesson: There is something called Persistence in prayer. Sometimes and in some situations you have to press into God. When you learn to persist in prayer you have gained a level of excellence in the school of prayer.
    However, there is need for discernment to know when to press in and when to get up and do to God’s will.

    Matthew 26:41

    “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

    This was Jesus advice to sleeping Peter and in Gethsemane. From his instruction, we can deduce that their is something prayer does to avert temptation.

    Key Lesson: Prayer will preserve you from sin and temptation. It will keep you in the will of God. Jesus understood the danger of yielding to temptation and encouraged his disciples to stay vigilant through prayer. We should pray for strength and vigilance in our battles against temptation.

    Praying Like Christ: The Takeaway.

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    As i conclude, I want to encourage you to embrace struggles related to Praying as part of the Christian journey. Don’t be ashamed of it, It is more common than you think. However, make a conscious effort to develop your a vibrant prayer life.

    From our study on Jesus’s prayer life, we discovered several lessons on Prayer; What to pray about, Persistence in Prayer, Structures to put in place, The heart and motive behind Prayer, etc.

    Meditate on these lessons and put a plan in motion to cultivate a meaning prayer habit.

    Pray like Jesus, and watch your relationship with God deepen and grow.

    May God bless your efforts to overcome any struggle with prayer you might be experiencing.

    Further Reading to improve your prayer life

    Do a search for every instance Jesus prayed and watch your love for prayer grow.
    Explore the Gospels further for numerous insights into Jesus’ life and ministry.

    Also, delve into the letters of Paul, such as Romans, for more about the Christian life and the Holy Spirit’s role.

    In addition, you can read Christians books on the topic of Prayer based on sound biblical teaching.


    Achinike Amadi
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