As the second person of the Trinity in eternal communion with His Father, Jesus nevertheless knew success in His ministry required dedicated time in prayer. This was particularly key at a moment when others sought to give Him premature acclaim, just as Satan promised Him the kingdoms of this world Matt. Jesus is more than a model of faithfulness to God, but He is certainly not less than that.
Thus, we learn from Him that when we are faced with temptation and need sustenance in life and ministry, we must turn to God in prayer. First published in Tabletalk Magazine , an outreach of Ligonier. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach.
Donate Now. He also cautioned us not to pray with vain repetition or saying the same meaningless phrases all the time. Jesus, our Lord, told us not to be hypocrites or play-actors in our prayers. We are not to love to be respected by others for our prayer ability, nor are we to be spectators impressed with our own piety. Rather, he who was the best expert on prayer, he who had prayed many times to the Father, told us that our prayer should be unpretentious.
The first truth that Jesus sets forth in this chapter is that the true believer must ever be on guard against hypocrisy in giving or prayer.
Verse 5 contains his description of the pride of the Pharisees as they went before the Lord in prayer. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. The Pharisees, whom he calls hypocrites here, are desiring the approval of men in prayer.
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And we see that in a couple of ways. First of all, notice the places that they go to pray. They desire to pray in the synagogues and in the street corners. Those places intended to maximize the exposure of their expression of religiosity.
They want as many people as possible to see them praying. And the Lord Jesus goes on to tell us why. They desire to be applauded for their religion.
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They desire to be praised for their piety. Look how holy that man is. Look how impressive is the display of piety that this woman is showing as she prays, as that fellow prays in the synagogues or in the street corners. They do not have a saving relationship with God and hence, they do not know God as heavenly Father; so they do not sense the acceptance of God. And so they seek their acceptance from man. They do not know the free and gracious acceptance of the heavenly Father, and they need that sense of acceptance to be fulfilled and so they go to men for that acceptance.
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Their prize is the affirmation of the world. They long to be applauded by men, and that is what they get.
They fool the undiscerning into thinking that they are holy. But that is the only reward that is theirs. For they have not known him, and they have not trusted in him. His agony was greater in prayer than when He faced His enemies. He was calm when He faced them.
Why did Jesus pray?
The soldiers fell back, not Jesus. Pilate was afraid, not Jesus. So should we act; we should pray and let that be the victory for battle. It is part of the whole armour of God to pray.
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John ; Luke ,32; He prayed for the lost; even His enemies. Have you experienced the act of praying for one you did not like or whose ways you despised? This is a part of your Christian growth. He prayed for His apostles. He prayed they would be one as He and the Father were one.
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John 17 What a tremendous task the apostles would have. Even though they would be inspired; even though they would have miraculous power, they also needed the prayers of the Master!