2003-09-28 - Passages about Jesus' Teachings on
In this devotional, we will read some of what Christ had to say about prayer.
All passages are from the New American Standard Bible.
Matthew 6:5-8 When you pray, you are not to be like the
hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the
street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they
have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room,
close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father
who sees what is done in secret will reward you. And when you are praying,
do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that
they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your
Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Luke 18:1-7 Now He was telling them a parable to show
that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, "In a
certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give
me legal protection from my opponent.' For a while he was unwilling; but
afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect
man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection,
otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.'" And the Lord said,
"Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice
for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over
Matthew 26:36-42 Then Jesus came with them to a place
called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there
and pray." And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began
to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved,
to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." And He went a
little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father,
if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You
will." And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to
Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching
and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing,
but the flesh is weak." He went away again a second time and prayed, saying,
My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be
Matthew 5:44 "But I say to you, [Luke 6:27f; 23:34; Acts
7:60; Rom 12:20] love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.