Friday, November 17, 2017

Luke 3:21-22 NIV 2011

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”


Jesus’ baptism fulfilled all righteousness, Matthew 3:15. John the Baptist announced the arrival of the Messiah and the beginning of His ministry, John 1:31-34. During His baptism, Jesus prayed. Jesus’ life was bathed in prayer. Matthew 14:23, “After he had dismissed them he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Luke 5:16, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 11:1, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.” Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus, Isaiah 42:1, as the Spirit descended. God was pleased with His Son. Jesus modeled prayer as a personal priority.


Every time I hear someone say, “Just breath” I pray. Prayer does more to center my life and therefore forces what is troubling me to subside. Jesus had a close relationship with the Father. He was in constant communication with God. That is my goal and some days those times slip away. This morning as I awoke more than an hour early, I turned to Him in prayer. Forty minutes later my eyes closed once again gaining additional sleep time. My personal priority is daily prayer.


How is prayer a personal priority?


Quietly seeking Him,


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