But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. (Luke 5:16)
If the arduous work of transforming the inner man to be conformed to the likeness of Christ does not drive us to our knees, perhaps the example of Jesus Himself will. Ponder this for a moment: the Son of God, God Himself was compelled to pray for His followers and the Kingdom work (Mk 1.35, Lk 6.12, Lk 10.2, Jn 17). He is the Master Builder. No one is more proficient or knowledgeable in the matter of discipling men and women than He. And yet He took pains to bring the whole of His ministry to the Father in prayer. His example alone should be ample motivation for us to exercise a consistent life of prayer for those we are helping and training.
A final note on prayer. If our objective as disciples and makers of disciples is to become like Jesus, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we would study and emulate His tenacious prayer life as well? Follow the Master.
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