1 Thessalonians 5:14-17 encourages us to take a holistic view of imitating Jesus; we cannot expect to be like him on the outside if we’re not also being like him on the inside. In this week’s passage we see the lengths that Jesus went to in order to nurture his internal relationship with God, as the powerhouse behind his external ministry.
He models for us the supreme priority of prayer, over all else, over all others. But he also shows us, through the way he prays, the raw, honest, simplicity of prayer. Let’s not overcomplicate it or dismiss ourselves as unable or unworthy. We’re all called to pray as children, confidently approaching an affectionate, loving, perfect father.