What the Prayer Life of Jesus Shows Us

What the Prayer Life of Jesus Shows Us

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The Bible tells us many times about Jesus praying. But what does Jesus’ prayer life show us about how we should pray? Are there things that we can do to pattern our prayer life after that of Jesus?

There are lessons in every action of Jesus. God’s Word uses the actions of the Savior as an example of how to become more like Him. Even though something may seem insignificant, there is a lesson there. Let’s explore some things about Jesus’ prayer life and learn how to grow closer to God.

5 Things We Can Learn about Prayer from Jesus’ Prayer Life

1. Jesus had a Time to Pray

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

MARK 1:35

And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

LUKE 5:16

Jesus had a special time set aside for prayer and nothing came in the way.  He was not too busy to pray, and he was not too caught up in activity to pray. Jesus prayed with regularity and it was an uninterrupted time of prayer.

2. Jesus had a Place to Pray

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

MARK 1:35

And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

LUKE 6:12

Jesus went to special places to pray. Many times, in the Bible, we see Jesus going somewhere to pray. He went to the Garden to pray; He went into a field to pray and He went up into the mountain to pray.  Jesus started his prayer time by finding a special place to pray.

3. Jesus Prayed Aloud

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.


Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

JOHN 11:41

There is power in praying aloud and it is powerful to hear prayers spoken by others. There is power in words and the Bible shows us there is life in the power in the words we say. At the sound of a spoken prayer, satan and his demons will flee.

4. Prayed for People by Name

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

LUKE 22:31

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

1 JOHN 5:14

Jesus prayed in specific terms; He didn’t just pray for groups of people. He prayed for people individually. Jesus is interceding for you by your name. Your name is on His lips!

As you pray for your loved ones, aloud, there is a strength that covers them.

5. Prayed with Others

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.


And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

LUKE 9:28

The Bible tells of times where Jesus gathered people to create a band of prayer. There is power in people praying together for the same thing. When people bind together and pray, God comes and joins them.

What Does this Mean for Our Prayer Life?

Of course we can pray at any time and at any place; silent or aloud, it is also important to have times when we pray in which the time and place are set aside. When we look at Jesus’ prayer life, we are seeing the necessity of having deliberate times of prayer. Jesus is not just teaching us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. He is teaching us how to pray every time He prays.

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  • Patricia G.

    I loved what you said about praying out loud. For me, if I try to pray silently to myself, satan gets into my head and I can’t pray what I want to pray. However, praying aloud allows me to focus better on what I am trying to say to God and allows no room for satan to enter my mind.

  • Angie

    Speaking for myself I know my Prayer Life isn’t as it should be. I fall short and I know this. Love this post on the reminder’s to follow Jesus’ example. I have always been shy and Praying aloud is always hard for me even though my husband and I lead Lifegroup. It’s just a fear of mine that I need to let go of.

    • Jen Cannon

      Praying aloud is hard! I am not the best at it at all. I have started pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I know that God will bless that and grow me because of it.

  • Wendy Wallace

    I pray regularly, although my prayer life needs a lot of work. Thank you for reminding us of Jesus’s prayer life and the example He sets for us. There is no better teacher on how to pray!

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