The Habit of Jesus

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In my previous post, I wrote about the heart of Jesus. Here I’d like to share with you about the habit of Jesus. Why? Because we need to adopt His habit to live more like Him.

What is the habit of Jesus? If I summarize it in one word, it’s prayer. Prayer is the habit of Jesus. On many occasions in the Scripture, we can see that Jesus spent His time praying. Here are two examples:

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed. (Mark 1:35)

And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, (Matthew 14:23)

In fact, prayer was so evident in Jesus’s life that His disciple asked Him about it.

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)

Why is prayer such an important part of Jesus’s life? Because He wants to show us that we have to depend on God. He wants to model dependency for us. We can’t do anything useful by ourselves. We need His strength and understanding.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4)

Through prayer, you connect to the Source. You can then do things with His strength and wisdom. Jesus models it for us, and we should follow in His footsteps.