These words in Isaiah 50 are the prophetic words of the Master Jesus Himself. What better time in the year than to look at the words of the King of the universe, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Praise the Name of The Lord!
Isaiah 50:4-5 "The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away."
This is Jesus describing His personal training by God, His Father, through the Holy Spirit from His childhood. He was obviously, as the Messiah, filled with the Holy Spirit from His birth, as was John the Baptist. He also had human teachers [Psalm 119:97-104]. Eight times He claimed while on the earth to speak only what God had given Him to speak, [refer to John 7:16, John 8:28, 46 & 47, John 12:49, John 14:10, 24 & John 17:8.]
I wonder when you woke up two days ago on Christmas morning did you wish Jesus a Happy Birthday?
Jesus is the first person I talk to most days and He is the last person I commune with in the evening. He is the most important person in anyone's life and I know I still have some ways to go until I know Him as He knew His Father. The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His Father God was very close while He was on the earth. It was not just a passing "hello" every once in a while, but a daily one on one love relationship.
So guess what? This is what He desires for each of His children, to be ONE with Him as He was one with His Father.
Maybe you already have a good relationship with Jesus but I'm sure it could always be better! My wife Elizabeth and I will be married more than 54 years in 2018 and we love each other more now than we did when we first married. But I know it can only get better if we keep loving and considering each other. It takes time to develop a deeper love relationship with somebody, and it also requires effort to keep it that way.
It's the same in our relationship with Jesus. It just doesn't grow stronger automatically, it takes time and effort to make a strong relationship flourish. This is exactly what we see in the life of Jesus with regards to His relationship with His Father - time and effort.
Not just occasionally, but each and every day of His life the Master gave much of His precious time to prayer to His Father. If the Lord needed to do this, you and I need to also, if we are going to be His true disciples.
Jesus was awakened each morning by His Father; to do what? You got it - to pray!
As the scriptures declare, this was His custom, to arise early and commune with His Father. It was not something He half-heartedly did once in a while, but was His daily habit. So we can see here just a small part of the price that was necessary for the Master to walk intimately with His Father. Make no doubt about it, for you and I to draw nearer to God, we will have to pay a similar price the Lord paid in prayer time with the Father. 'Being established in prayer' is the first of 'Three goals for every Christian', as the Lord spoke to my heart some weeks ago. Prayer is so important to the Christian. It was necessary for Jesus to succeed in following the will of His Father and it is vital if we are to succeed also.
Someone once said, "Every Christian failure is a result of a prayer failure."
One pastor also said, "All backsliding starts with forgetting to pray."
Yonghi Cho, the Pastor of the largest Church in the world when asked, what was the secret to his success, replied, "I pray... then I obey!"
The Lord Jesus said we are to pray always.
I believe the Lord is saying more prayer is needed by the Church.
What am I talking about here? Just get together with a group of believers and throw a few prayers around and hope that some get answered? No! What we need is a people that will be devoted to daily communion with the Lord in prayer.
This was why we were created in the first place; to fellowship with God. Jesus has much to say about prayer in His Word. It is such an important issue and there are so many reasons why we should pray, but there are two reasons alone that ought to provoke us all to diligent prayer. The Lord mentioned these many times to His disciples, which I believe reiterates their importance to every Christian today... even more so in this late hour in which we now live.
Matt 24:42,44 So be prepared, because you don't know what day your Lord is coming, You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected.
Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Matt 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 13:35-37 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming - in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning - lest, coming suddenly, he finds you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!
Luke 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."
Luke 23:46 Then He said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation."
As you can see from these scriptures there are two main areas He is speaking about.
- Being prepared for His coming, and
- Resisting temptation.
Prayer will keep us ready for His soon return.
Prayer will keep us strong so we're able to resist temptation.
Determine in your heart if you have not already, that prayer will be the most high priority in your daily routine. As you live this way you will not only be prepared for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ, but your life will inspire others to get busy and be ready also. May your life be a witness of the goodness and greatness of your God in 2018!
I pray that His will be done in and through you, your family, and ministry in 2018 - to His eternal glory!