Luke 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Have you ever noticed how often Jesus prayed? If you read the Gospels you will notice Jesus’ life flowed from one place of prayer to another. It was so evident that His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, not teach them to heal or do miracles. He knew Heaven’s work can only be done with Heaven’s power and Heaven’s help. His example of prayer was a demonstration of His dependence upon the Father.
Prayer will also keep us from independent living. It can be a sign of our dependence on God. The more dependent we are, the more we pray. Prayer says, “I need you Lord.” “I am not sufficient of myself to think of anything as of myself but my sufficiency is of you 2 Cor. 3:4-6.” It says our reliance is upon God and our life is subject to His agenda and alignment.
Matthew 10:24 says, “The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord,” and Luke 6:40 says, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”If a disciple could attain the same results as Jesus (which He said we could John 14:12) without praying, the disciple would be greater than his master. The student would have learned a more effective method than what was taught to him by his master.
We were created by God for the sake of an interdependent relationship. Man was placed on earth as God’s representative with authority to exercise God’s will and rule. Prayer reinforces and shows we acknowledge His rule, our rule under Him, and our dependence on Him for everything.