What Did The Son of God Pray For?
Have you ever had questions about prayer that you were embarrassed to ask? If so, then who better to look to for answers than Jesus Himself, who gave us a perfect example of how to have a relationship with the Heavenly Father whilst here on earth.
We can learn how to pray better simply by studying Jesus’s prayers.
1. Jesus prayed for the good of all Christians
Even as Jesus prepared for his death on Calvary, it was our welfare that occupied his thoughts. In John 17, Jesus asked His father to protect His disciples. He asked that they may be united in their faith and have as intimate a relationship with him and one another as he did with God.
“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; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I have been glorified in them. “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.”
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 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.”
If you’re seeking a deeper, more meaningful relationship with God and your fellow Christians, you’ll find expression in this prayer.
2. Jesus prayed that God’s will be done
In Luke 22, as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced what we all experience when faced with the trials of this life. In that moment of human weakness, he even wished to be delivered from his destiny. And yet, despite what it would cost him, he chose to obediently accept the Father’s plan for him.
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
If you too are struggling to understand God’s ways, take inspiration from Jesus’ persistence in prayer, even to the point of blood, sweat, and tears.
3. Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of his tormentors
As he hung on the cross, his final breath drawing nearer, Jesus uttered a prayer that showed us just how unconditional God’s love and grace was. In Luke 23, Jesus asked that Father forgive the very people who were mocking him, spitting on him, and putting him to death - when it was neither deserved nor requested.
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
This prayer sets a beautiful example of what it really means to be a Christian and offers us perspective when we may want to hate or harm our enemies. It teaches us not only to pray for those who persecute us but also to forgive them, whether or not they show remorse for their actions.
These three prayers of Jesus - one as he prepared for imminent death, one in his darkest hour, and one as he took his final breaths upon the cross, show us how much Jesus loved us. From them, we can learn how to pray the Christian way - and be more selfless, more obedient and more one with his Heavenly Father.