Prayer

March 20, 2017
Jesus Is

Summary

We’re tempted to think that knowledge is just information, but to know Jesus is to become intimate with him. When Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, he begins with “Our Father,” immediately inviting them (and us) into intimate relationship with God. But he follows “Our Father,” with “who art in heaven; hallowed be your name,” reminding the disciples, and us, that even though we are invited into intimate relationship with God, God is still to be respected and revered. Jesus continues to teach his disciples, and us, how to pray. In the moments before Jesus is arrested and tried, beaten, mocked, and scorned, he retreats to his “secret place,” the Garden of Gethsemane, to pray, asking his disciples to wait and watch with him. As he prays, he gives priority to God’s will, saying, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42).” Even in the final moments of Jesus’ life, he whispered the prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).” He had established a rhythm and a practice of prayer, so that even in the most distressing of times, his first instinct was still to pray.

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Bible References

  • Matthew 26:36 - 44
  • Matthew 26:27 - 28
  • Luke 22:42 - 42
  • Luke 23:34 - 34