For God to accomplish His will, He needs a people on the earth that would pray His will for Him to do it. God doesn’t need only “prayers once in a while, when we remember or when we are reminded by others” – God needs men of prayer.
With Daniel as a man of prayer God could break through in the spiritual realm and in the physical realm to release the people of Israel from their captivity in Babylon.
Through Samuel as a man of prayer God brought in the age of the kingship with David as the man after God’s heart (Samuel told Saul, I will not sin against God by ceasing to pray for you!).
For God to end the age of the church and bring in the age of the kingdom, and for the Lord Jesus to return, He needs men of prayer! God is not after a method of prayer, a sporadic prayer, or the best way of prayer – God wants men, persons, beings who pray!
The Lord Jesus was the pattern of a man of prayer – He was not after popularity, fame, or power, but He rather sought God in prayer and He always withdrew to pray to God His Father! What a pattern the Lord Jesus was to us!
Lord, make us men of prayer. Not just being reminded to pray from time to time, and not just having the method of prayer, but being persons of prayer! Cause us to see the pattern of the Lord Jesus on the earth, how He prayed and how He lived a life of prayer!
Christ Was a Man of Prayer
The life the Lord Jesus lived on the earth was not merely something outward that everyone can see, appreciate, or praise. The Lord Jesus lived as a man of prayer.
Time and time again He withdrew from the crowd, from the miracle He just performed, or from the disciples, so that He may pray to the Father.
Christ was not merely praying common prayers to God, as pious or godly men would pray, and He was not praying in a religious way. Christ was not even praying to God for miracles, for divine attainments or obtainments, or for divine help.
As a man in the flesh, as God living in man yet a man in the flesh, Christ was praying to the mysterious God in the divine and mystical realm.
On the one hand He often withdrew to a secret place (sometimes the desert) or to the mountain to pray (see Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:28).
On the other hand, even while He was speaking to the disciples, the Gospels tell us that, “Jesus answered and said, I extol You, Father”… The Lord Jesus was continually conversing with the Father, and He continually prayed by breathing Him in and contacting God in His spirit.
He prayed according to the principle of prayer by aligning His will to the Father’s and asking for the Father’s will to be done.
The Lord Jesus is Our Pattern as a Man of Prayer
We all can be men of prayer because we are joined to the Lord as one spirit (1 Cor. 6:17)! Christ in us is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27), and He in us is the man of prayer! We need to see the pattern of the Lord Jesus as a man of prayer and spend time with Him to be infused with Him as such a One!
There are several characteristics that the Gospels tell us concerning the Lord Jesus as a man of prayer.
As a Man of Prayer, the Lord Jesus was always One With God (John 10:30). How about us? Are we always one with God? Christ was not merely praying to the Father, but in everything He did and said, He was one with the Father.
By developing a habit of prayer and by praying ourselves into God, we can also be one with the Lord in all we say and do. We have the potential – the Pattern of Prayer in in our spirit!
As a Man of Prayer, the Lord Jesus lived in the Presence of God without ceasing (Acts 10:38c; John 8:29; 16:32b; cf. Exo. 33:14; 2 Cor. 2:10). He was the Son of the Father always in the bosom of the Father, seeing the Father’s face all the time.
The Lord Jesus was never alone – the Father was always with Him. Christ as a Man of Prayer had the Father’s presence always with Him.
How about us: do we live in God’s presence non-stop? We have to admit that many times we are away from God’s presence. There are many interruptions.
But as we follow the Lord’s pattern to be men of prayer, the Lord is the Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17) and we behold Him, reflect Him, and are being transformed in the same image (v. 18)! We will be just like Paul, who forgave the brother in the face of Christ, in the index of Christ’s eyes.
As a Man of Prayer, the Lord Jesus Trusted in God and not in Himself (1 Pet. 2:23b; Luke 23:46). He was persecuted, and He went through a lot of unfair suffering – but He kept committing everything to the Father, who judges righteously. He didn’t respond in kind or speak threatening words when others were mean to Him or persecuted Him.
How about us: do we trust in God when trouble and suffering comes? How much we need the help from this Pattern of a Man of Prayer, so that we pray continually and habitually until no matter what others do to us, we commit all things to God and trust in Him!
As a Man of Prayer, the Lord Jesus was a Man in whom Satan had NOTHING (John 14:30). What a Man! There has never been such a person on the face of the earth in which Satan had no ground, no chance, no hope, and no possibility in anything!
We all have to admit that Satan still has a lot of things in us, He has a lot of ground in us… but in Christ, the Man of Prayer, Satan had no way, no ground, no possibility in anything! If we eat the Lord Jesus as the Man of Prayer, we will live because of Him and in us Satan will have no hope, no chance, no ground in anything (John 6:57).
Lord, make us men of prayer! We want to take You as our pattern and join ourselves to You as the Man of Prayer that we may also be men of prayer. Thank You we are joined to You as one spirit, and Christ is in us! Lord, may we be those who pray at all times in spirit. Make prayer so normal and vital to us as breathing is. We want to cooperate with You to bring this age to a close and bring in the age of the kingdom! Gain the men of prayers You need!
References and Further Reading
- This portion is inspired from brother Dick Taylor’s sharing in the message and portions in, The God-Man Living (ch. 10), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on Prayer and the Lord’s Move, week 2 (entitled, A Man of Prayer).
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- Hymns on this topic:
# Amen!—The growth in life! / There’s nothing that Your life can’t do; / Our every part renew. / We’ll make it, we’ll make it just by You. / Lord Jesus, grow in us.
# O Thou, by whom we come to God, / The Life, the Truth, the Way, / The path of prayer Thyself hast trod— / Lord, teach us how to pray.
# Did you know that I’m a God-man? / A three-part man mingled with the Triune God, / And I have a spirit / Where the enemy has no way, no hope, no ground… / I am a God-man!
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