The Lord Jesus Christ was such a man of prayer that it is impossible to read all the passages in the Gospels about it. The Gospel of Luke alone gives seven occasions when Christ practised private prayer for four reasons, all of which are equally applicable to His followers today.
1. To maintain His communion with God: Mark 1:35; 6:46
(a) In the morning (1:35). ‘And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He went out into a solitary place and there prayed.’
(b) In the Evening (6:46). ‘And when He had sent them away, He went into a mountain to pray.’
2. To obtain His guidance from God: Luke 6:12-13
Afterwards He chose His twelve Apostles after a season of prayer.
3. To perfect His Manhood: Luke 9:28-29
The ‘Transfiguration was not only the declaration of Christ’s Deity. It also marked the full perfection of His Humanity, and it was “as He prayed, His countenance was altered.”
4. To seek power for the battle won on the Cross: Luke 22:39-46; 11:1
We, His followers, need to pray for all these reasons; and if He needed prayer so much, can it be that we need it so little?
The effect of His first disciples when they saw His Practice of Prayer was to make them eager to learn to pray as He did.
(11:1) “…..as He was praying…..when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him: ‘Lord, teach us to prayer.’ “
Shouldn’t the same desire and the same request be ours?