This past week at WVU-FCA huddle we continued to unpack what it means to be a follower of Jesus and this weeks topic was PRAYER!
Prayer is one of the "duties" of Christianity. Much like reading scripture or going to church prayer has become a religious box that we check each day to say that we've completed the task, so to speak. We recite prayers like "The Lord's Prayer" before competition or say grace before a meal, but is that really all prayer is in the Christian life?
In Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is just getting ready to start His earthly ministry. I'm sure He is pretty excited to start healing some people and casting out demons, but that's not how Jesus starts His ministry. In Matthew 4 we find Jesus heading into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.
That's how Jesus' earthly ministry begins, in the wilderness being tempted by the Devil...not how I would've wanted things to start off, but Jesus teaches us something incredibly important by starting His ministry this way. Jesus not only retreats to the wilderness to be tempted, but he actually spends 40 days and 40 nights fasting and praying in preparation for His temptation.
Jesus was the Son of God, the true Messiah, God in the flesh and yet we find Jesus humbly bowing before His Father before walking into temptation. How AMAZING is this!?
Jesus shows us that following God means being prepared for what lies ahead. We can't wing this Christian life. The tempter is on his way seeking to devour, seeking to "kill, steal and destroy" like it says in John 10, we have got to be prayed and prepped for this life of following Jesus.
Just like athletes stretch and warm up before competition we have to be stretched and warmed up spiritually. Jesus takes us through His spiritual warm up in Matthew 4; He prays, He fasts, and He meditates on scripture.
Jesus prayed before entering this time of temptation because He knew where He could find strength. In prayer is where we find strength for the battle, hope for the journey, and learn more about the Father.
Are we seeking God and everything that He is on a daily basis? Are we praying for others who are in the battle or about to enter the battle? As followers of Jesus we need to be on the offensive when it comes to prayer. Let's "Pray without ceasing" believing that God will meet us in whatever battles we face!
Posted on Wed, March 15, 2017
by Jason Allen filed under