How to Pray Like Jesus

Passion originates in the heart of God. He who gave mothers hearts of passionate love yearns with deep maternal love for His children. He who created fathers' hearts is the great Father Himself. 

The passion of the Father's heart was passed on to His Son. 

Jesus' passionate love is now expressed through His intercession for us. "Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them" (Hebrews 7:25).

The same passion that was in Jesus' heart is in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, though, has no body of His own. His passion must be felt within us, the body of Christ. Jesus wants to live a life of intercession through His body on earth as He does in heaven. 

Passion satisfies God. Isaiah, speaking of the Father and His Son, stated, "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied" (Isaiah 53:11 KJV). It is equally true that when we pour out in prayer our strong desire for others, God sees and is satisfied with us.

Both Paul and Jude wrote that we are to "Pray in the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:18; Jude 20). We could read that as God saying, "Allow Me to express My passion through you."

Lord, I invite the Holy Spirit to express Your passionate longing for others through me.

"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9). 

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express" (Romans 8:26).