Why did Jesus prayer? After all, He was God so was He just
praying to Himself?
Jesus prayed as an example for us. And yet, it was not a
hollow exercise. Yes, Jesus was, and is, God, but He was also human. The human
side of Him was vulnerable and in need of guidance. The divine side of Jesus
knew that the best way to gain wisdom and understanding was to seek it from His
Jesus’ Prayer Life
Right after feeding the 5,000 we read:
Matthew 14:23, “After He had sent the
crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was
evening, He was there alone.”
1:34-35, “34 And He healed many
who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not
permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was. 35 In
the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house,
and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Luke 5:15-16 “15 But the
news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to
hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But
Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.”
We can see a pattern here. When Jesus finished something big
what did He do? Did He go home and relax in front of the TV? Did He celebrate
with a big ice cream sundae with lots of whipped cream and fudge? No, He went
off by Himself to pray. The best way for any us to recharge our own batteries
is to get alone and pray.
Though praying in groups is good as is saying the “Amen” at
the end of someone else’s prayer, there is no substitute for getting off alone
and praying. This time is crucial. Some of our greatest times with God will be
when we are with God alone. When we can spill out our every emotion, desire,
joy, confusion, and hurt.
Hebrews 5:7, “In the days of His flesh, He
offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One
able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.”
Jesus’ prayers were not technical. They were not meant to
impress anyone, either those listening or even God. They came from His heart;
they were filled with emotion. At times they were loud and at times He cried.
“Piety” means to respect or reverence God. Jesus’ prayers were answered because
He was pious. When we approach God in prayer, our focus should not be on our
prayer but on God. In the former, we are more concerned about our words, what
we are saying. In the latter, we are more concerned about our hearts and who it
is to whom we are speaking. Our prayers are not directed to some clerk nor to
someone that we just want to speak at. They are communion with the living God
Almighty. We should approach with piety and not with glibness.
There are 26 recorded prayers of Jesus.
prior to Bethlehem
at His baptism
before His first preaching tour of Galilee
after the healing of a leper
before choosing the twelve disciples
after being rejected by certain cities in Galilee
prior to the feeding of 5000 people
after feeding 5000 people
as He healed a deaf man
prior to feeding 4000 people
before Peter's great confession
Luke 9:18; Matthew 16:14-17
during His transfiguration
after hearing the report of the seventy
before teaching the Lord's Prayer
Luke 11:1; Matthew 6:9-13
at the grave site of Lazarus
John 11:41, 42
over little children
in the temple on Palm Sunday
Matthew 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-44
in the upper room prior to His death
His great High Priestly Prayer
in Gethsemane prior to His death
Mark 14:32-42; Matthew 26:39-46
on the cross
Luke 23:34; Matthew 27:46; John 19:30; Luke 23:46
at His resurrection
Hebrews 2:12,13; John 20:17
at the Ascension
Note: This table was adapted from http://www.askapastor.org/prayers.html
There are also verses that talk about Jesus still praying
for us today: Romans 8:34; I John 2:1; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24.
We’re going to look at some of these passages.
At His baptism
3:21-22, “21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was
also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened, 22 and
the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came
out of heaven, ‘You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.’”
We can see here that the beginning of Jesus’ ministry
started with two things: 1) obedience to the Father via baptism and 2) prayer.
The result was the Father’s confirmation of Jesus’ ministry.
Whenever we start a new and important stage in life our
first instinct should be to go to God in prayer. We will need direction,
guidance, and grace.
But in fact, any step that we take in life should begin with
prayer. It doesn’t have to be a day of fasting but it needs to be sincere.
Jesus’ prayer at His baptism couldn’t have been long, but it was definitely in
faith and sincere.
God’s guidance and blessing comes through obedience followed
by prayer. We should not be so presumptive so as to think that God will listen
to and heed our prayers no matter where our lives are at spiritually. To put a
twist on an old saying: We can’t kill our parents and then pray for God’s
assistance because we are now an orphan. If we are in sin then our first prayer
should be repentance. But because God is merciful He will listen to and answer
our prayers even when in sin. We just shouldn’t count on it.
Martin Luther said, “I have so much business I cannot get on
without spending three hours daily in prayer.” Of course it helps that he was a
monk whose business was to spend time with God. But still, the point is clear;
it is God who blesses and God who curses. Prayer moves God.
When choosing His 12 Apostles
12 It was at this time that
He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to
God. 13 And when day came, He called
His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles:
The twelve Apostles were going to be Jesus’ key men. They
were the ones who were going to take His message to the rest of the world. They
would be with Him all throughout His public ministry and they were going to
record what He said and did. They would also include the one who would betray
Him. Getting these twelve right was vital to the course of history. So what did
Jesus do? He didn’t go through resumes. He didn’t consult a public relations
firm. He spent all night in prayer.
Likewise, when we have important decisions to make--college,
marriage, career, moving, church—we should spend much time in prayer. It
doesn’t have to be overnight or all in one shot, but it should be significant.
We see the same principle in Mark 1:35-39
the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house,
and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. 36 Simon
and his companions searched for Him; 37 they
found Him, and said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” 38 He
said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns
nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” 39 And
He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out
We see here the same situation. Before Jesus took His
ministry throughout all Galilee He spent much time in prayer.
Our actions may be like a car, but it is prayer that is the
After being rejected
25 At that time Jesus said,
“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that
You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have
revealed them to infants. 26 Yes,
Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
Jesus had been preaching and doing miracles in many cities.
The result was not that the people were in awe. Rather, they rejected Him. So
when He was rejected what did Jesus do? He praised God because even though the
majority of people rejected Him there were still some who believed. Jesus did
not dwell on the negative. He did not scheme against them. He did not defend
Himself and pump Himself up as being too good for the treatment that He got.
Rather He found the positive and thanked God for it. He was less interested in
how His reputation looked than in the desire that the Father be pleased.
When we are betrayed, rejected, and treated unfairly, one of
our first responses should be to look to God and praise Him for whatever good
there was in the situation. This reflects Jeremiah 15:19, “Therefore, thus says
the LORD, “ If you return, then I will restore you— Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My
spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not
turn to them.” Our sinful response to rejection is usually two-fold: 1)
condemning the other person and 2) justifying and building up ourselves.
Rather, Jesus was more concerned in that God was pleased. In our rejection or
betrayal, did we do what was right? Did we show grace even in the midst of sin?
If so, then we should be glad that this was pleasing to our Father.
John 6:11, “Jesus then took the loaves, and
having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of
the fish as much as they wanted.”
This is the situation where Jesus fed the
Notice here that Jesus gave thanks before
the miracle. He didn’t wait to see if the circumstances turned out the way that
He wanted and then, if so, He would thank God. He gave thanks to God for the
result even before He knew what would happen.
Ephesians 5:20, “always giving thanks
for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;”
1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this
is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
If we give our plans to God then we should thank Him no
matter what happens. Life is not divided into A) if all goes the way that I
want then thank God or B) it does not go the way that I want so don’t thank
God. Give thanks in everything.
The person that you tried to reconcile with snubbed you.
Thank God that He gave you the grace to do what was right even if it didn’t
turn out how you wanted. You didn’t get the job. Thank God for His sovereignty
in that perhaps there was a really good reason for you not to get that job that
you may never know about. That relationship fell apart; thank God. You lost
your job; thank God.
An unknown author said:
Be thankful that you don’t already
have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know
something for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult
times, during those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations;
they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
which will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes; they
will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and
weary, because it means you’ve given your all.
It’s easy to be thankful for the
good things. Yet a life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are thankful for
Gratitude can turn a negative into
a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become
Over little children
13 And they were bringing children to Him so
that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But
when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to
come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as
these. 15 Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the
kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” 16 And
He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on
Many different types of people were bringing children
(babies to preteens) to Jesus so that He might bless them. However the
disciples were trying to prevent these people from doing that. Most likely they
felt that babies and small children were unimportant and were not worth Jesus’
time. They felt that He should be spending His time on big and important
matters and not on those who cannot contribute to the Kingdom. But Jesus was
indignant at the disciples. This word “indignant” shows a strong emotional
reaction from Jesus. It is from a Greek word that means “to feel pain” and is
an ingressive aorist which means that Jesus entered in a new state. Jesus did
not give a dry explanation. He did not get all theological. Jesus got
indignant. When people were not acting right towards others, no matter who
those people were, Jesus was outraged.
We also should not turn a blind eye towards those who are
being oppressed by others. It is in the nature of God to stand with the oppressed.
We should stand with those who are being bullied, with those who are being
excluded and isolated, with those who are being treated with less dignity than
that which God has bestowed upon them, with those who are being sold in
Then Jesus didn’t just give a speech about how people should
act; rather, He called the children over to Himself and He blessed them. But
this blessing was not just a hug and a “Go in peace.” The Greek word here for
“blessing” indicates two things: that the blessing was fervent and that He kept
on blessing them. Jesus was passionate and He went on as long as they kept
bringing children to Him. Jesus didn’t complain; He blessed. He didn’t snuggle
up to the rich and famous in a splendid banquet hall; He got down on His knees
in the dirt with the smallest ones and with the ones who couldn’t contribute
much in return. We need to have the same attitude.
Foreshadowing His death
27 “Now My soul has become
troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this
purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father,
glorify Your name.” Then a voice came out of heaven: “I
have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
When Jesus says here, “My soul has become
troubled” this phrase, once again like we see with so much of Jesus’ reactions,
was full of emotion. “Troubled” can also be translated as turmoil, stirred, or
agitated. As we read the Gospels we do not see the Jesus of so many movies:
someone who is stoic and humorless, someone whose face looks like it was
covered with wax. We do not see a God who knows what He wants to do and then
carries it out with cold calculation. Rather we see someone who is passionate;
someone who is filled with emotion. Someone who reacts to people and situations
with His heart and with His feelings. Christians, too, should be easily stirred
by things such as injustice, cruelty, and violence. But also stirred by
worship, evangelism, and righteous victory. Luke 10:27 says, “You shall love
the Lord your God with all your…” What is the first thing mentioned: Heart? If
our heart is dull then our spirit will be dull. If our hearts are dull then
what will motivate us to evangelize the lost? What will drive us to show
compassion? What will take us from merely singing hymns to praising God with a
worship that soars?
Of course we still need to have
self-control. We shouldn’t fall to our knees crushed and weary from every set
back. We shouldn’t beat our breasts and wail over every sin. But self-control
does not mean suppressing our emotions until there is nothing left to control.
But here, in anticipation of His horrific
death, Jesus’ prayer was not, “Don’t make it hurt” or “Take it away.” It was
that He should be in total submission to the Father’s will and that, in the
end, God be glorified. Even in our most trying circumstances, we, likewise,
need to submit to God’s will. That means doing what is right no matter what.
Even if doing what is right might cost us more.
Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but
I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you
have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But
he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34 And
He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not
crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”
Jesus knew that Peter would desert Him and
deny Him three times. But knowing that Satan wanted to sift him like wheat
(i.e. put Peter and the others through the wringer), Jesus didn’t take the
attitude of “Good, he deserves what’s coming to him.” Instead, Jesus prayed for
Peter to have strength and perseverance.
When someone is against us and then
something bad happens to them aren’t we generally glad? Don’t we take the
attitude of “They got what they deserved”? We need to be more like Jesus. We
need to prayer for God’s grace for that person, that they might be saved
through this, or, if they are already a Christian, that they would become more
like Christ through this. But not necessarily that their times would be rough
to get there, but that God would give them strength and grace, that God would
be merciful to them.
Jesus’ prayers on the cross
Luke 23:34a, “But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’”
These few words as so packed with truth and
application. We’ll just look at a few.
For one, Jesus forgave those who hadn’t
asked for it. We, also, should be willing to forgive people even when they
deliberately hurt us and do not care or, oftentimes, even think that they are
justified. If we only forgive those who humbly repent then we will carry
lifetimes of grudges.
Secondly, Jesus didn’t demonize them or
exaggerate their actions or thoughts to make them out to be worse than they
really are. We want to justify our hatred or bitterness, so we magnify the bad
that they did. We like to hold grudges. We like to not be reconciled. So how
can we justify our bad thoughts and behavior if what they did wasn’t really so
terrible? We are forced to do one of two things: 1) vilify them, or 2) forgive
them which is harder. Jesus didn’t vilify them. In fact, He understood that
they were weak, ignorant people.
Thirdly, these are the first words of Jesus
on the cross. So the first thing that Jesus did in His agony and Passion was to
forgive those who did this to Him. He forgave the very soldiers who mocked and
scourged Him and who were still standing right in front of Him. He forgave the
crowd that screamed, “Crucify Him.” He forgave the disciples who deserted and
denied Him. He forgave you and me, the ones whose sins actually put Him on the
cross. This was the basis, this was the foundation for Him being able to do the
rest of what He did on the cross. He could not harbor unforgiveness and then
say to the thief next to Him, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with Me in
Paradise.” And this must be our basis and our foundation to move beyond the
hurts in our life. This harkens back to Job 42:10 which says, “The Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and
the Lord increased all that Job had twofold.” Notice that Job was blessed
after he prayed for those who accused and judged him. Before moving ahead, we
Matthew 27:46, “About the ninth hour Jesus
cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani?” that is, “My
God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
This is actually the fourth words, out of
seven, that Jesus spoke on the cross.
Here we see in all of the horror of the
cross, in all of Jesus’ loneliness and abandonment, He cried out to the Father.
He did not hold back His feelings and emotions. He asked God, “Why is this
happening”? We, too, when in trials and pain can cry out to God and ask Him
what is going on. We can be unreserved in our emotions. We can lay it all out
before God. God doesn’t want us to pretend. He wants us to be real; He wants to
hear what we really think and feel.
Luke 23:46, “And
Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit
My spirit.’ Having said
this, He breathed His last.”
And these, the seventh and final, words of
Jesus on the cross show that no matter the result, no matter the terrible pain
and horror, He always trusted Himself to the Father. And therein, no matter our
situation, we need to always say, “God, into Your hands, I commit myself.”
The Great High Priestly Prayer
Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to
heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your
Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as
You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He
may give eternal life. 3 This is eternal
life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have
sent. 4 I glorified You on the earth,
having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself,
with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they
were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now
they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; 8 for the words which You gave Me I have given to
them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from
You, and they believed that You sent Me. 9 I
ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You
have given Me; for they are Yours; 10 and
all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been
glorified in them. 11 I am no longer in
the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You.
Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me,
that they may be one even as We are. 12 While
I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I
guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the
Scripture would be fulfilled.
The Disciples in the World
now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have
My joy made full in themselves. 14 I have
given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the
world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I
do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not
of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the
truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You
sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they
themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me
through their word; 21 that they may all
be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may
be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
Their Future Glory
glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just
as We are one;
23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be
perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved
them, even as You have loved Me. 24 Father,
I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that
they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the
foundation of the world.
righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You;
and these have known that You sent Me; 26 and
I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love
with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
This is Jesus’ longest prayer recorded in the Bible. Of
course, He had longer prayers because there are times where He prayed all
night. But this is the longest one that was written down.
This prayer comes between Jesus’ final instructions to His
disciples in John 16 where He foreshadows His impending death but with His
promise that He has overcome the world and the events leading to His
crucifixion. We need to always keep in mind when studying this prayer that it
immediately precedes the most horrific few days of anyone’s life in all of
history. Jesus knew that He was about to be scourged and mocked, that He was to
become sin and pay that infinite penalty, and that He was to be abandoned by all
of His friends and even by His Father.
You can easily spend months, even years, teaching about this
prayer, but we are going to cover just a few points.
1) At the very beginning of this prayer we can see several
keys points. He starts off with the word “Father.” Just like “The Lord’s
Prayer” in Matthew 6:9-13 which starts off with “Our Father” we see how Jesus
in His prayers instantly draws into the relationship that He has with His
Heavenly Father. So many of Jesus’ prayers start off with “Father.”
Matthew 11:25, “At
that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth,…”
John 12:37, “Now My soul has become
troubled; and what shall I say, ‘Father, save Me from this hour’?
Luke 23:34a, “But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them…’”
Luke 23:46, “And
Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father , into Your hands…’”
Just to point out a few.
Jesus’ prayers were just requests. They were communion.
Of course, this isn’t a formula. Starting everyone our
prayers with “Father” does not make them more spiritual or efficacious. But in
all of our prayers, we should always be aware of communion; we should always be
aware of whom we are addressing. Prayer is not filling out a lay-away form and
then handing it to the person on the other side of the counter. It is first and
foremost us being with our Heavenly Father. This is part of the gist of 1
Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you
in Christ Jesus.” Requests generally focus on our wants and needs. I am the center
of attention. Not that this is terrible. God does want to hear our requests.
The Psalms are full of requests. But giving thanks focuses on God and what He
has given to us. Worship, however, is a complete focus on God.
In all of our prayers just don’t merely think “God,” but
also think “Father.”
prayer can be divided into four sections:
Verses 1-5: Glorification of the
Father and of the Son
Verses 6-10: Petitions for his
Verses 11-19: The preservation
and sanctification of believers
Verses 20-26: The union of God
the Father, God the Son, and believers
Notice that three of these four are focused on believers.
Even though Jesus was about to be nailed to a cross, His thoughts were still
focused on others.
When we pray, our prayers should not be all about ourselves.
There should be a pretty hefty section devoted to others. However, we see in
this prayer that Jesus did pray for Himself. So there is nothing wrong with
praying for ourselves. We just need to be careful that our prayers are just not
all about ourselves.
I remember once praying with someone. I prayed first and I
prayer for several things in her life. Then she prayed and prayed for several
things in… her life. At the end I remarked, “Well, I prayed for you and you
prayed for you.”
3) When I mention “eternal life” what do you think of? Is it
Heaven? Streets of gold? Angels and clouds? Living forever? Eternal happiness;
no more tears? Yes it is all that. But notice Jesus’ definition of “eternal
life”: “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only
true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Eternal Life is being with God.
When Jesus came to give us eternal life, He didn’t merely come to deliver us
from Hell nor was it merely brining us into a really wonderful place. He came
to bring us into the arms of the Father. If our Christianity is merely seeing
what we can do for God then we’ve missed the point. There are times when we
need to “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among
the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10). “Eternal Life” is
not what we become or where we go; “Eternal Life” is Who we are with.
4) A key component of this prayer is the intimacy of all
parties involved these being the Father, the Son, and believers.
First we see
that the Father is in the Son (verses 21, 23)
Then we see the
Son is in the Father (verse 21)
Believers are in
the Father and the Son (verse 21)
And finally, the
Son is in believers (verses 23, 26)
Christianity is primarily not about rules, not about a book,
and not about doctrine. Those are all important and necessary, but Christianity
is primarily about relationship: A relationship between God the Creator and His
people. So much so that it is more than just being close to each other, but,
more so, being within each other. This does not make us all equal, but it does
make us forever intimate.
We can see this same unity in how many times the word “one”
appears in this prayer. In this 649 word prayer, “one” appears six times
Verse 11: so that they may be one
Verse 21: May then all be one
Verse 21: just as, Father, you are
in Me and I am in You, so that they also may be one in Us
Verse 22: I have given them the
glory you gave to Me, that they may be one
Verse 22: as we are one
Verse 23: With Me in them and You
in Me, may they be so perfected in one that the world will recognize that it
was You who sent Me
This is not a God who is an aloof king, a benevolent despot.
He is a God who is right there with us and right there for us. And, likewise,
He wants us to be there for each other. The church is not where we get stabbed
in the back; it is where we come for encouragement, support, comfort, and
prayer. We should never try to build ourselves up by putting others down.
Rather, we should build others up even if it means that they must stand on our
Of Jesus’ 26 prayers we looked at 11 of them. What were some
of the key things that we learned?
We learned that Jesus prayed often and that oftentimes He prayed
for a long time.
We learned that He prayed a lot alone and a lot with others.
We learned that He prayed before big events and stages in His
life and also before making big decisions.
We learned that the praise and glory of the Father was
We learned that He often prayed for others but He also prayed for
We learned that Jesus was strongly emotional but controlled.
We learned that He entrusted Himself to His Heavenly Father.
We learned that His prayers were communion and relationship.
We learned that His prayers were hopeful.
A person’s prayers can tell a lot about that person. Jesus’
prayers give us a lot of insight into who He is. As we study His prayers our
response should be a greater desire to draw nearer to Him, to worship Him, and
to become more like Him in our prayer life also.