A Word for the week

John 8:28-30 NKJV

For Jesus Christ, prayer was a way of life, an absolute necessity: it was a means of communion with the Father and the means of bringing the power of God the Father to bear on the humanity of Jesus Christ moment by moment.

The text above helps us see that Jesus was close to the Father. It was this oneness that led to all that Jesus was and is. Jesus said, “I do nothing of myself.” Citizens of God, how many times daily do we make decisions without uttering a prayer to God or asking for His wisdom and guidance on simple matters, big decisions, or before conversations? 

Jesus says in the text above, “My Father taught me, I speak these things.” Listen to what Jesus says in John 5:19: “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner (NKJV).” We must get to a place where we imitate that of Christ relationship to the Father, by the help, counsel, and power of the Holy Spirit. The word of God tells us the Holy Spirit would be given to believers to teach and guide them into all truth. What truth? The truth of Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life. The Lord, Jesus performed His works and spoke His words by the power of God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit whom the Father had given Him. Though God of very God Himself, Jesus generally did not perform His works independently of the Father nor the Spirit’s leading (Acts 2:22). 

Jesus finishes the scripture above by saying, “The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” He could say this because they were one and His attitude and behavior showed this (“I and My Father are one.” John 10:30 NKJV). 

Mark 1:35 & 6:46 are just a few verses that show us Jesus’ behavior to go off to a quiet and solitude place to pray and speak to His Father. In order to do the things that please God, we must KNOW His will. The way to know His will, which by the way is divine and pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), is to be in constant communion and fellowship with God. Colossians 4:2 shows us that we must be continually and earnestly in prayer. 

When we work, we work. When we pray, the Father works. So out of this conscious and constant sense of need, there arose a continuing attitude of prayer: a continual expectation in the Lord Jesus that if anything was to be done, the Father must do it both by way of initiative, and wisdom, and power. Now if this was true of Jesus Christ, how much more should this also be true for us?

John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (NKJV).” Jesus said this, and this ought to be our mindset everyday. As the model prayer says, Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!

In prayer, we must have a dependent and intimate relationship with God! I challenge you to be intentional from here on out and to set quiet time to spend with God. If you have to start in the shower or quietly in the car start somewhere. But I pray it will bless you so much that you become even more intentional at home. Blessings and keep falling in love with Jesus!

-Justin Campbell