The Pattern for Prayer

By Billy Graham

Jesus frequently prayed alone, separating Himself from every earthly distraction. I would strongly urge you to select a place – a room or corner in your home, place of work, or in your yard or garden – where you can regularly meet God alone. This does not contradict “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), but expands it.

Jesus prayed with great earnestness. At Gethsemane, in the earnestness of His praying, He feel to the ground and agonized with God until He sweat became “like drops of blood” (Luke 22:44). The force of His prayers was increased during times of extreme suffering.

When we see the need of someone else, pray. When we know someone is in pain, pray. Let someone know you have prayed for them, and ask others to pray for you.

Christian teachers through the ages have urged the importance of prayer in the lives of believers. One wise man said, “If Christians spent as much time praying as they do grumbling, they would soon have nothing to grumble about.”

Someone said, “If there are any tears in Heaven, they will be over the fact that we prayed so little.” Cameron Thompson said, “Heaven must be full of answers for which no one ever bothered to ask.”

*Excerpts from Hope for the Troubled Heart, 1991

Are you praying frequently and earnestly for others? Lift up your family and friends – by name – to the Lord.