Daily Devotion for November 18, 2016
'Our Savior's prayer example and prayer teachings...'
Luke 5:16 NAS
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.
In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.
After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.
Matthew 26:39, 42, 44
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.” He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.
(Jesus said) Pray, then, in this way:
"Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."]
Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Heavenly Father, we come to you this morning humbled and thankful. We are humbled (and in awe!) because we are reminded today that You desire us to TALK to you, and because we are to address you as “our Father.” Moreover, we are thankful because we have Your Son's wonderful prayer teachings and prayer examples...
Since our “spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” Father, today we ask You to help us increasingly discipline ourselves to “OFTEN slip away” to pray to You—just like Your Son did. Furthermore, we ask You to help us pray NOT for our wills to be done, but for YOURS (just like Jesus did! Just as He taught us!). In addition, please use Your Spirit to help us understand our Savior's prayer teaching, so we pray in the humble manner that brings glory and honor to You. We ask this in Your Son's name, Father. Thank you for prayer!
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