7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:7-10) NIV
When I am struggling with a problem, why is it prayer is not always the first solution that pops into my head? Depending on the situation, my first reaction might be an emotional outburst of some kind, or a plan of attack for what I am going to do to solve the problem, or I might take the phone a friend option. Prayer is such a smarter choice!
Jesus example was to go to his father for everything. We are told of the times he got up early in the morning to spend time with God. I believe these verses give us some insight into that special time they shared in prayer. Out of compassion, he would tearfully cry out for the needs of the people. He would commune with his father waiting for direction, and then, out of reverent submission, he would go about his day doing only what his father told him to do.
Over the years of my journey with God, I have realized something about prayer. First, it aligns my position with God. I am recognizing his power and I am giving him control and Lordship over my life. The second thing is that I am asking him into my situation and I don’t have to try to figure things out alone. He knows of my struggles and knows the solution. Having tried to do life on my own for so many years, reaching out to him has eased the burden of fear. The time we share together in prayer is what fills my soul.
Even knowing this, prayer does not always come naturally to me—yet! (I am a work in progress.) There are times when it has to be intentional. One of the things I’ve been trying to do is praying with someone immediately if they ask for prayer or writing a prayer and sending it in an email or text so they know I followed through. Then in my quiet time I pray for them again. There have been some “fervent cries and tears” as God and I have walked through life. I can’t imagine my life without his presence.
9 He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever! (Psalm 111:9-10) NLT
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for Jesus. He made the way for me to have a relationship with you. He paid the ransom for me; he rescued me from eternal death. He is the high priest making intercession on my behalf. Because of him, my prayers reach you. The time you spend with me is precious. The lessons you’ve taught me are priceless. Help me continue to obey you and grow in wisdom. In Jesus holy name I pray. Amen