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Luke 11:1 says, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught His disciples.”

Jesus lived a life of prayer. Even when others thought He may have stopped praying, He was still praying. Jesus demonstrated that prayer isn’t something we just do on a whim, but rather it’s a way of life. He made it very clear that it isn’t something we just squeeze in throughout the day, but that our communication with God should lead the way we live. We shouldn’t just pray when we want something or when we’re in desperate need of a miracle. Praying should be a way of life. Jesus was the perfect example of living a life of prayer. He not only looked to God for strength to fulfill the Lord’s will, but He used that prayer time in order to know God better and to develop a relationship. Jesus also revealed all-perfect love for God throughout every circumstance, every single minute of His life. This love for God carried over into how He showed love for others, and that in and of itself is way of prayer. Both His thoughts and actions were bringing praise to God.

What is your prayer life like? Probably nothing like how Jesus demonstrated. I know mine isn’t, but it should be something we all strive for. He demonstrated this life of prayer so that we could also learn how to be in constant communication with God. Instead of just taking your problems and desires to God, take everything to Him. And remember to also spend time listening for Him to speak to you.

Don’t let the cares of this world keep you from enjoying God’s presence. Find a specific time to really sit down and communicate with our Lord and then take the reverence of prayer into your daily life. Continually sing God’s praises and seek His will for your life. Pray without ceasing, and you will experience God in ways that you never have before.

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