We are taking a brief look at the prayer life of Jesus, and there are one or two other points that are worthy of notice. For instance, there is the striking fact that Jesus never argued for the validity of prayer any more than he argued for the existence of God. You do not prove the existence of God by argument. God is simply there, the beginning and end of experience. Just as we cannot prove God by argument, likewise prayer is not proved by argument. We may not understand it but to quote the hymn-writer, James Montgomery – Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, The Christian’s native air. Defined by one commentator, prayer was our instinctive tendency, wrought into the very constitution of our nature. Hence Jesus never argued the matter. There was no need to argue, the praying Christ is the supreme argument for prayer. Prayer was not only an important part of his life, it was his life, the very breath of his being. This would possibly have stirred the conscience of the disciples, more than anything else, and prompted the enquiring mind to ask – Lord, teach us. And he did, superbly (an understatement) in the first great prayer he taught the disciples, Jesus said to them, when you pray say this, Our Father …. The first two words of the prayer we still pray more than any other and love, the Lord’s Prayer (often misnaming it the family prayer.) Jesus deliberately encourages us to use it.
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A prayer when grieving
Jesus, stand among us in your risen power
When the storms of life threaten to overcome us
When the angry waves rage and our little boat is small
When the crowds are overcast and dark
Be with us, Lord
When we journey on a desert path
When the way is weary and unending
When our strength is weak
Stand with us, Lord
When death comes
Like a thief in the night
To rob us of ones we love
Come to us, Lord
When we demand a reason
When no words can explain
In our anger
Speak your word of peace.
Come to our hearts, possess them, liberate them…….
To set us free to serve and praise you
At all times . . . . . In every way . . . . . . . For your love’s sake
Lord, to you be the glory