Jesus and Moses prayed so why don’t we?
We Christians are fortunate enough to have not only the Scripture but also exemplary role models in prayers, among them Moses (in the Old Testament) and Jesus Christ (in the New Testament).
We read in Exodus 17:8-16 the battle between the Israelites, led by Moses and Joshua, and the Amalekites. While Joshua was on the front line, Moses, supported by his closest relatives Aaron and Hur, was on prayer line. We all know which side won. Prayer is the power that brought victory for Moses’ people. The way I see it, that battle somewhat typifies the spiritual battles we face and sends us the message that prayer is the best power we need to win our spiritual battles.
From Jesus, we learn how our prayers should be – and how we should pray. Jesus said we should not be like the hypocrites who want to appear pious before people without being pious before God. Their punishment will be great. “Verily I say unto you, They have their reward,” Matthew 6:5.
We should pray the way Moses and Jesus did – for ourselves and for others that God would sustain our faith in good and bad times.
Moreover, we should pray with joy and confidence. Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer, encourages us to call God “our Father” and boldly ask for the things we need to live (“Give us this day our daily bread”). Through the Holy Spirit, we could know God personally and call him “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:15).
It is through genuine, heartfelt and persistent prayer that we can approach God our Father with much confidence and boldness. Jesus has opened the way – the only way – to the Father, to heaven for us through His death and resurrection (John 14:6). When we pray to God for help, He does not give us what we deserve. He instead responds with grace and mercy – but in his own time and way, not necessarily the way we want Him to.
As prayer is our connection, our lifeline to God, it is important to engage frequently in thoughtful and continual prayer, as it is His will (Matthew 7:7, Mark 11:24, Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 6:18-19, 1 John 5:14-15).
After all, Jesus said, “… seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33.
As there are different kinds of prayers, so are the riches: Knowing God as our Father; the confidence and boldness to ask God for help; the acknowledgment of our sinfulness that could open us to the love of Jesus; the virtue of humility; the attitude of gratitude; enduring patience; holiness, and; perhaps the most important of all, communion with God our Father.
In God alone, we find the fullness of life and happiness, and truth and love. When we are completely united to Him, our life will be complete. He blesses those who seek Him earnestly with humble and repentant hearts. He renews us each day and creates in us new hearts of love and compassion that we may serve Him and our neighbors.