Inside the Prayer Life of Jesus

Jesus prayed to regularly communicate with the Father via God’s appointed method. He prayed for guidance, help, and strength, but He also prayed to thank and praise the Father. Arguably, Jesus did not need to pray because He is God; yet, He incarnated here to live as the perfect man (albeit the God-man). Jesus played by the rules and restrictions of being human while still being divine; He did not cheat. He did no self-serving miracles; He took no spiritual or physical shortcuts.

Jesus prayed as an example for His followers. Even Judas knew Jesus was a man of prayer as he led the mob to arrest Jesus at Gethsemane (John 18:2), a preferred meeting place for Jesus—probably for prayer.

He prayed for needs in times of crisis. On His way to Gethsemane (John 17), three times at Gethsemane (Mt. 26:36-46), and twice at Golgotha (Luke 23:34, 46)—His most difficult moments on earth—Jesus prayed. Interestingly, most of His crisis prayers were intercessory rather than self-serving petitions.

He prayed for guidance prior to major decisions/events, such as at His baptism (Luke 3:21) and choosing the Twelve (Luke 6:12). Fifth, the specific needs of others, such as for unity (John 17) and resistance to temptation (Luke 22:32), motivated His prayers.

–Taken from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 5, God the Son and Prayer by James R. Wicker)  Click on the title for more information about this resource.

Son of God, Your life was based on intimate fellowship with Your Father.  Thank You for showing me how to be a person of prayer, because that’s exactly what You were on this earth.  Your example as an intercessor gives me keys to focus on as I approach the Father.  Help me to meet with God as You met with Him – intimately and unselfishly.

Prayer Points
Praise God, who is the creator of both rich and poor. Thank him for giving you the ability to produce wealth (Deut. 8:18). Confess any time you have put your trust in your earthly possessions rather than in the spiritual riches of God (8:13-14). Commit yourself to living contentedly with all that God has provided. Ask him to give you a generous heart toward those who have less.

Pray that God will meet physical and financial needs among your family members and friends. Pray for opportunities to give what you can to meet their need.

Prayer Pointer
“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” —Robert Murray McCheyne

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend  (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).