-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
Jesus lived prayer and taught prayer. He prayed at different times and for various amounts of time. He prayed in secret and He prayed in public. He prayed about personal matters and matters concerning others. He prayed for His friends and for His enemies. Through prayer He sought the Father’s will and His glory, stood against Satan, forgave His enemies, and released the Holy Spirit’s ministry. Through prayer He gave thanks, blessed, interceded, praised, petitioned, made supplication, and travailed. He prayed as a man dependent upon His Father, seeking to please Him and glorify Him in all things. Through prayer He drew near to His Father so that He could draw us nearer to His heart…He knelt in humility so that He could raise us up to new heights…He poured out His soul so that He could comfort us in every situation. As our High Priest He prayed for our unity, our sanctification, our joy, our love, our keeping, our ministry, and our destiny.
He taught us to pray in simplicity and in sincerity…in confidence and in clarity…in expectation and in faith. He taught us to pray in all things and at all times. He taught us to pray with a clean heart, with a single mindedness, with a forgiving spirit, and with a grateful heart. When His disciples came to Him asking for instruction in prayer, Jesus gave them a pattern. He told them that prayer starts from a relationship with the Father, and that the beginning and end of prayer is for His glory. It is the Father’s will we seek in prayer, it is His heart we touch in prayer, it is His hand we move through prayer, it is His goodness we receive through prayer, and it is His ways we learn through prayer. Through prayer we can see His Kingdom move in the earth, and experience His Kingdom moving in our lives—in righteousness, peace, joy, and everything good. Through prayer we can bring to God every big thing and every small thing we face in life. We can receive from Him the covering we need to shelter us, and the food we need to sustain us. Through prayer we receive the cleansing we need to have a pure heart, the renewing we need to have a right spirit, and the grace we need to walk in a way that pleases Him. Prayer is our doorway into victory, our gateway into praise, and our walkway into holiness.
Today, Jesus lives for you, and as your great High Priest He is interceding for you everyday. Think of it as you get up in the morning, as you go through your day, as you face your enemies, as you walk through your problems, as you return to your home, and as you rest in your bed—Jesus, the One who knows you best and loves you most, is praying for you.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV).
My prayer is not for the world, but for those you have given me, because they belong to you (John 17:9 NLT).