Have you ever wondered if your prayer life looks like the prayer lives of the people in the Bible? Though I grew up in church, I haven’t often stopped to consider the way the leaders prayed in the Bible.
Prayer is mentioned throughout the New Testament hundreds of times, and the Scripture tells us that prayer should be an integral part of our lives as followers of Jesus.
The Bible also shows us prayer was an important habit in the life of Jesus:
If Jesus prayed this much, how much more do we need to pray!
Prayer isn’t just for the “most spiritual” Christians. Prayer is something all of us can learn to do well, and the more we learn the better off we will be. Henrietta Mears once said, “Christianity isn’t adding a burden to your life, it is adding power.” And the power that belongs to God comes to us through reading the Bible, seeking Him in prayer, enjoying the fellowship at the local church, and submitting our hearts to God’s will.
We see how important prayer is in the Bible, but how should we pray? I have been surprised to think of some of my prayers in comparison to the prayers of the early leaders of the church. The more we learn to pray like the people in the Bible, and to pray the way the Bible teaches us to pray, the more effective we will be.
Consider some of the ways Paul prayed in the New Testament.
This is just a sampling of the powerful apostolic prayers in the New Testament. As we read more about the ways people prayed in the Bible, we can begin to model our prayer lives after theirs!
Matt Brown is an evangelist, author of Truth Plus Love: The Jesus Way to Influence, host of Think Eternity with Matt Brown, and founder of Think Eternity—a ministry dedicated to amplifying the gospel every day through podcasts, devotionals, videos, live events, and more. Matt and his wife, Michelle, have three children and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow Matt at @evangelistmatt and thinke.org.