Monday, September 1, 2014 4:40 AM

Jesus and Prayer

Monday, September 1, 2014 4:40 AM
Monday, September 1, 2014 4:40 AM

The people are praying outside the temple when the revelation concerning the birth of John the Baptist occurs (Luke1:10).

Only Luke mentions Jesus praying at his baptism (Luke3:21)

Before choosing the twelve apostles (Luke6:12)

Prior to Peter’s confession, the turning point of the Gospel (Luke9:18)

At the transfiguration, when Jesus’ true heavenly identity is revealed (Luke9:28)

Before teaching the model prayer, “Our Father” (Luke11:1)

At the Last Supper to strengthen Peter’s faith (Luke22:32)

Before Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane (Luke22:41–44)

On the cross, where Jesus prays for his enemies (Luke23:34)

Recites the Jewish bedtime prayer found in Ps 31:5 (Luke 23:46)[1]

Not only did Jesus pray at each of the important moments of His life, Jesus rose early every morning to pray.

Mk 1:35 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.

People often ask “why must we pray if God already knows our life?” Yes God does know our life and He knows when we will pray; furthermore if Jesus Christ, a part of the triune of God needed to pray, than we surely need to pray.

The Bible is God’s love letter to us, prayer is our love letter to Him.

[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (143). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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