DIG for Sunday the 24th of January…..if you want to be like Jesus start by praying like Him…..John 11 v 43

How many times have you heard Christians say that they want to be like Jesus?

If you are like me you’ll have heard that a few times.

While I was reading the Word today I was looking at the account of when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11 v 1 to 44).

As Jesus spoke out that powerful prayer as He brought Lazarus back to life, I thought, “I wish people would pray more like Jesus”.

A lot of prayer today seems to be about telling the other people in the room what is going on, or telling God about your problem (as if he doesn’t know already).

This prayer of Jesus is a prayer of assertiveness and a prayer of boldness.

At other times when we see Him praying He is communing with His Father or giving thanks.

When we pray are we giving thanks, spending time with the Lord and being bold?

If I were honest I would answer, no, not all the time.

I am aware that my prayers are more about being thankful than they were in the past, but I think I can still learn a thing or two about prayer from Jesus.

Jesus did not ask for things to happen, He spoke them out and commanded them.

He did not say, “Please I f it be thy will, oh glorious and heavenly Father, raise Lazarus from the dead”.

Jesus recognised what He could do and spoke these out.

Maybe it is time to be more like Jesus in our prayer lives.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for prayer and thank you for the example of the prayers spoken out by Jesus”.

John 11 v 43…..And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth

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