Suggested further reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
We have here an example of our Lord Jesus Christ's habits
about private prayer (v. 5). This was no isolated incident (Luke 3:21;
9:29; 6:12; Matt. 14:23; Mark 14:32). In short, our Lord always
prayed and did not faint. Sinless as he was, he was an example of
diligent communion with his Father. His Godhead did not render him
independent of the use of means as a man. His very perfection was
a perfection kept up through the exercise of prayer. His nature
was kept sinless in the regular use of the means of grace, and not in
the neglect of them.
There is an example here that all who desire to grow in grace
and walk closely with God would do well to follow. We must make
time for private meditation and for being alone with God. It must
not content us to pray regularly and read the Scriptures, to hear
the gospel regularly and receive the Lord's Supper. All this is well,
but something more is needed. We should set apart special seasons
for solitary self-examination and meditation on the things of God.
The hurrying, bustling times imperil our souls. The more we have to
do, the more we ought to imitate our Master in prayer and private
communion with God.
What shall we say to those who never pray at all? There
are many such church people who rise up in the morning without
prayer and lay down at night without prayer, never speaking one word
to God. Are such people Christians at all? A praying Master like
Jesus can have no prayerless servants. To be prayerless is to be
Christless, Godless and on the road to destruction.
What shall we say to those who pray, but give little time to
their prayers? We are obliged to say that they show at present very
little of the mind of Christ. Asking little, they must expect to have
little. Seeking little, they cannot be surprised if they possess little. It
will always be found that when prayers are few, grace, strength,
peace and hope are small.
For meditation: The spiritually careless are inevitably
prayerless. Spiritual stature is measured by prayerfulness before God.