Jesus Was A Super Model (not supermodel :))

I am currently reading With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray, written in 1887. It’s a nifty little book that contains thirty-one lessons on everything Jesus teaches about prayer, with Luke’s prayer of ‘Lord, teach us to pray’ at its basis.

Something Andrew Murray wrote has remained with me for weeks. He said, “Jesus never taught His disciples to preach, but only to pray.” That was an interesting comment to me. I had never thought about that before and wondered why that was significant.

Over the years, I have been guilty of buying a book for EVERY issue that crops up on my life. My husband will attest to that. 🙂 Need to get healthy, eat better, lose weight, or begin an exercise routine? Buy a book! Need to get organized, declutter, or manage time more effectively? Buy a book! Want to be a better leader, come to terms with your past, be a happier person, or have the kind of marriage you’ve only dreamt about? You got it, buy a book! Need to learn more about disciplining or raising children, homeschooling, incorporating family devotions into your life, or sharing the love of Jesus more effectively? Well, there have been a jillion books written about all these things, and I think I have all of them!

What’s the problem with buying books you might ask? Generally, nothing, BUT… if you’re looking to the book as your sole instruction and source of victory in any given area, or if the book replaces the time you may spend getting wisdom directly from God on how to deal with the issues of life, then that becomes a huge problem!

Admittedly, this has been a problem for me in the past. I am a checklist-type personality, so when someone has a tried-and-true method of how to do something, I’ve always thought how awesome(!) that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel, so I buy a book about it.

I have learned that all these external things (i.e. books or advice from friends and family) can be very practical and can come in handy, but if I want to be changed from the inside out, I need to first tap into the only source of wisdom that is unique to ME and MY situation. God is the ONLY one that knows everyone involved in every situation that concerns me, and yet He remains objective. He waits for me there—to show me specifically how to handle it, and all I need to do is ask.

We have direct access to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! We would probably all agree that Jesus is our earthly example of how to relate to God. He spent time with Him, and removed Himself from all distractions to spend time with Him. How do we ever expect Him to speak to us if we aren’t purposeful to hear what He has to say—away from the computer, the TV, the cell phone, and Ipod?

Jesus made it His first priority to be alone with God, and modeled that for His disciples. For what purpose? Prayer was the foundation of their training for serving the Lord and others in ministry. Of course Jesus didn’t have to teach them how to preach! As they prayed, God the Father taught them everything they needed to know!

Not all of us are called to be pastors, but we ALL have a story and a message that He wants us to share with the world. As we pray, He teaches us what to do and how to share His love with the people around us. It’s in that place where we give Him the latitude to strengthen our faith and encourage us, to build up our inner man to go out and make it through another day—joyfully and full of peace. Setting that time aside gives Him an opportunity to fill us with HIS love and revelation.

As I resist the temptation to offer you a book from my library for your problems :), I’ll close with this… As God and His Word are the only eternal solution, my prayer today is that He continues to grow in each of us the desire to want to RUSH to meet Him in that place. I am grateful He always has the perfect answer at the perfect time!

Matthew 6:6 (Message translation)
Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.

1 Comment

  1. Alica Geitner
    Aug 13, 2010

    Greetings! I go over all your posts. Keep them coming.


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