This article is the third and last in a series on the Prayer Life of Jesus. In the first article, we examined the elements of His earthly prayer life as described in Hebrews 5:7-10; in the second, we learned from the Gospel of Luke that it was in prayer that Jesus discovered the will of the Father. Now we turn to an illustration of His obedience to the Father when, in prayer, Jesus learned how to react to the pressures of the crowd that followed Him.
Jesus’ disciples frequently were caught up in the reactions of the crowd to the miracles and teaching of the Master. The crowd wanted to crown their hero as their king. He was their hero. He could have had enormous political power on the strength of the willingness of the crowd to follow and respond to Him.
But Jesus could ignore the praises of the crowd, sticking to the mission to which the Father had called Him.
Many a Christian leader has lost his effectiveness by responding to the crowd rather than to the guidance of the Spirit.
Keep an eye on our blog in the coming weeks as we wrap up our study on how we can be more effective in our prayer lives.
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