Prayers of Jesus Christ

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Prayer was the essence of Jesus Christ’s relationship with the Father. He prayed for himself and his mission, and he continues to pray for all believers.


Jesus Christ’s practice of prayer

He prayed regularly

Lk 5:16 Luke records more instances of Jesus Christ praying than any other Gospel writer.

He often prayed alone

Mark 1:35 ESV
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.
See also Mt 14:23; Lk 6:12; Lk 9:18

Prayer at specific times in Jesus Christ’s life

Before his death:

Mt 26:36–46; Jn 17:1–26

On the cross:

Mt 27:46; Lk 23:34; Lk 23:46; Lk 3:21–22 at his baptism; Lk 6:12–13 before choosing the apostles; Lk 9:28–29 before his transfiguration

Characteristics of Jesus Christ’s prayers

Communion with his Father

Mt 6:9; Mt 11:27

Submission to his Father

Hebrews 5:7 ESV
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
See also Mt 6:10; Mt 26:36

Giving praise and thanks to his Father

Matthew 11:25–26 ESV
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
See also Mt 14:19; Mt 15:36; Mt 26:26–27 the Lord’s Supper; Lk 24:30; Jn 11:41–42

The scope of Jesus Christ’s prayers

Mt 19:13–15 for children

For his disciples:

Lk 22:31–32; Jn 14:16; Jn 17:6–19
Lk 23:34 for his persecutors

For himself:

Jn 12:27–28; Jn 17:1–5
Jn 17:20–26 for all believers

Jesus Christ’s continuing ministry of prayer

Hebrews 7:25 ESV
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
See also Ro 8:34; 1 Jn 2:1

Jesus Christ’s teaching about prayer

Matthew 6:9–15 ESV
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
See also Mt 5:44; Mt 6:5–8; Lk 6:28; Lk 18:1–8; Lk 18:9–14; Lk 21:36
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