Hello CMB Family! Grace be with you! I hope this devotional about prayer is uplifting!
Its been a long time since I’ve blogged; but I’m back after a hiatus. I needed to re-balance my priorities and my time. I needed to spend more time in the Word and in prayer; and less time online.
Today I was motivated to share a verse with all of you that really touched me. I believe that within it, there is much we can ponder, learn and imitate.
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission.
Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)
Whenever I’m contemplating a passage, I try to start first with making sure I have a good understanding of the words used. I believe that each word in the Bible is there for a reason. So there must be a reason why this verse says the Jesus offered up prayers AND petitions. What is the difference between them anyways? I typed the words in my favorite search engine and came up with these definitions.
Prayer: A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.
Petition: A formal, usually written, request, typically one signed by many people, appealing to authority with respect to a particular cause.
What can we learn from this greater understanding of these words? Jesus expressed His thanks to God and also solemnly requested help from Him. And Jesus’ requests were based on appealing to the clear authority that rested with God. Jesus was heard specifically because He submitted to the authority of God.
Its important to note that being heard does not mean receiving everything that you pray or petition God for. Instead it means that you are heard and choose to submit to God’s will for your life. In that submission we find peace.
Two Things to Imitate:
In Christ Jesus, we have an example of how to live life here on earth. His private life and public ministry were not easy. Jesus needed to pray for strength, peace and power while He was here on this earth. Shouldn’t we imitate His example by seeking the Lord in prayer? Yes – a resounding yes!
The other way we should imitate our Lord Jesus is by seeking to submit all aspects of our lives to Him, just as Jesus submitted His will to God while He was here on earth. In John 6, Jesus says: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” We, too, are sent here by our heavenly Father. And we have a responsibility to seek out what He would have us do, and to follow through on that.
What can you do right now?
I have a some suggestions on how you can imitate these two aspects of Jesus’ life:
Spend time in the Word daily. The idea here is not a huge quantity, but to delve deeply into the Word and let it grow inside of you.
Spend time in Prayer daily. Allow the Holy Spirit to rise up in you and guide your decision and actions.
Remember to include Thanksgiving and Praise in your prayers, just as Jesus did. Remember to pray specifically for what you seek, just as Jesus did.