Prayer must be a priority to every Believer. Luke 6:40 says, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Jesus, our Master (Teacher, Instructor, Trainer), is an example of all He taught us about prayer. A few years ago someone came up with an acrostic of WWJD which stood for “What Would Jesus Do.” I think I know what Jesus would in most situations and that is pray. Right now in Heaven, the Bible says He ever lives to make intercession for us (Heb. 7:25). Prayer was extremely important to Jesus and still is.
Prayer was more important to Jesus, at times, than:
1. Teaching, preaching, or healing Luke 5:15, 16.
2. Working miracles Luke 5:15, 16.
3. Being with people Matthew 14:23.
4. Food Matthew 4:1-4; Luke 4:1-4; John 4:34.
5. Sleep Matthew 26:40, 44; Mark 1:35; Luke 6:12.
We need to take note of the time Jesus spent in prayer and how all the great events of His life were connected with prayer. The disciple is not above his Master, but shall be as his Master. Why pray as He did? Prayer was a sign of His total dependency on His Father. It was not out of duty or obligation, but He wanted communion with His Father. His prayer life was born of passion/ devotion not duty/discipline. The more we are dependent and humble the more grace He gives us James 4:6 and grace always makes life easier.