What’s Your Image of Prayer? | Mark 1:35-37 and Matthew 6:6
Question: When you think of the word prayer, what image comes to your mind? When you think to yourself, “Should I pray right now?” or “I’m going to pray,” what do you imagine doing? What do you imagine when you imagine praying? Too often my image is negative, like somebody boring doing something boring. But then when I read descriptions in the Gospels of Jesus praying, I get intrigued. Because Jesus obviously saw prayer as the best part of his day! Something worth sneaking in. Why? Let’s look into it in this episode.
Mark 1:35–37 NIV
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Luke 5:15–16 NIV
Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Matthew 6:6 NIV
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
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