If you want to be effective in ministry,
your prayer life must be a priority.
You need to be refreshed and renewed daily.
Even then, you, as I did, will get tired.
However, my love and compassion for those without
a shepherd was great and so I prayed.
In the lonely nights I would spend time with my heavenly
Father, gaining strength for the journey.
Thus, if you want to be like Me,
you need to withdraw for a season of prayer.
Often it is difficult to see what is truly important.
I listened to the cries of the blind and the lepers
and ministered to them. There were other times
I only taught my twelve disciples.
However, I often left the crowds to spend time in prayer alone.
Learn from Me.
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak. Matthew 26:41 (NLT)
Jesus asked the disciples to pray while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane. I wonder if, instead of sleeping they had prayed, would they have deserted him in the hour of his greatest need? Is it possible many miracles took place because Jesus did spend many hours in prayer?
When the disciples could not help the demon-possessed boy, Jesus said, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.” (Mark 9:29 NLT) Reading books by A.W. Tozer and other champions of the faith, we realize their prayer life far exceeds most of ours. I pray God will renew the desire and discipline in me to spend more time with Him.