Sep 1 2014
Why Did Jesus Pray?

Part Two  -  Why Did Jesus Pray? Click here to view Part One

Why did Jesus Pray? In Part One we saw the first reason Why Jesus prayed, which was;

Why Did Jesus PrayThe first purpose … His cause … His belief as to why He prayed

  1. Why Did Jesus Pray? Because He was human, just like you and me. Jesus depended on and obeyed the Father. We need to be like Jesus and depend on and be obedient to our Father and to Jesus. We need to pray!

A second, and related reason, to this question, “Why did Jesus pray?” is that He was a righteous man and all Godly righteous people pray. He thought and believed prayer to be essential and important in His life!

If prayer was important to Jesus … WHO IS GOD… think of how important prayer must be to us!

James 5:16 “ …………. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” ESV

“The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.” MSG

“The intense prayer of the righteous is very powerful.” HCSB and from the NLT listen to this,

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

 

1Pe 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me in earnest, you will find Me when you seek Me” (Jeremiah 29:12,13, NLT).

Why did Jesus Pray?

  1. Jesus prayed because He was dependent and obedient to His Father, just like you and me need to be. God calls us to pray. Our responsibility is to respond in obedience.
  2. Why Did Jesus Pray? Because as a righteous person He believed prayer to be an essential … an important part of His life.

Consider this question for a moment.

Who do you have a close relationship with on this earth?Why Did Jesus Pray

OK . . . Do you have someone in mind?

What does that mean in how you communicate with that person?

How do you communicate?

How often do you communicate?

For family members, or friendships that you have made in the past, what happens if you do not communicate for a long time. Sure there are friends you can get together with after a long absence and it seems like no time has passed. However, you spend the next few hours, or more, trying to catch up with all they have gone through.

But, if you think about it, you know you can only get the highlights from all that past time.

We need to take time to maintain relationships! You do not want to play catch-up with God.

Why did Jesus Pray?

The third reason that answers the question, Why Did Jesus Pray? is . . . He prayed because He had an incredible relationship with His Father. You must know they communicated a lot . . . I mean . .  a lot!

Jesus was in a constant mindset of relating to His Father.

Listen to this passage in John 17: 1-5:  Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” – YES! “with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

Jesus has always been with God His Father – they are ONE!

Since He is our chief role model we need to do as Jesus did! Whenever we have a crisis in our lives or a major decision we often ask “what would Jesus do?”

I’m sure most of us have asked that question? I have. What would Jesus do in this situation? The proper question is probably, What did Jesus do in a similar Why Did Jesus Praysituation? Not what would He do, but, what did He do! On this we can rest assured  . . .  He prayed.

Jesus was always in an attitude of prayer. How do we know that? Why Did Jesus Pray? Because He is a man of His word. Not only did He keep His word but when he said something that needed to be followed through … you can count on it being done. Plus, He kept His Word – that which is recorded in the Bible.

Do you think He put on the armor of God as listed in Ephesians? I believe we can count on it.

One part of that armor in Eph 6: 18 says, “With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. “ He practiced His Word.

 

Here’s another great passage about our attitude toward prayer, 1Th 5:16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, (Pray when? . . . Without Ceasing) Verse 18  give thanks in all circumstances; (be thankful in what circumstances . . .  in all circumstance . . .  are there any exceptions? … NO … Why?) for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Why did Jesus Pray? To follow the Word of God.

At his funeral Pastor Ken Hutcherson’s wife said, “Hutch never complained about anything at any time. But in all things he thanked the Lord.”

Regardless whether things are going well or we are in the middle of a turmoil. Whether we are facing a decision, in a storm or the sun is shining bright, we are to be in an attitude of thankful prayer. No . . .  it’s not easy, maybe we should try it for a day or two – or more.

Like Jesus we need to always be in an attitude of prayer or in communication with the Father.

Why did Jesus Pray?  -  here’s the 3rd belief answer to Why Did Jesus prayed!?!?

3. Because of His relationship with His Father Jesus was always in an attitude of communication with His Father. This should teach us, His children, to do the same. To pray without ceasing! Jesus’ relationship was real and it drove how He communicated with His Father.

Relationships drive communications.

Why Did Jesus Pray?

To Commune with God – Imagine talking with the Creator of the Universe and everything in it!

Why Did Jesus Pray? Think of why Jesus prayed to His Father – it was the means for the fully human man, Jesus, to communicate with His Father.Why Did Jesus Pray

What does communication do? It builds relationships. If you are married it happened because of your communications with your spouse. You built a relationship that led to marriage. Our communication with God should be that rich, or even richer!

That is the privilege we have when we copy Jesus in prayer. We have the privilege to speak with the one and only true and living God. That ought to bubbleate your very being. Yah, Bubbleate! Now you probably think that bubbleate is not a word but I want you to know  -  I looked it up!

Let me tell you what bubbleate means … and … well … if you thought there is no such word … you would be … right. However, I have defined bubbleate for us. It means that your heart and insides bubble-up like effervescence. You just bubbleate all over when you think of the greatness of God and YOU . . . WE have the privilege to communicate with Him. I can’t even get my chiropractor to return my phone call in a timely manner but I can communicate with God Almighty Himself!

Isn’t that amazing! ? ! !  Yes it is … it’s Nothing short of AMAZING!

We should be bubbling over with great joy when we think about and meet with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings!!! John 15: 11

Do you have any other King or top world leader you can communicate with on a 24/7 basis?

The heart of the question: Why Did Jesus Pray? Jesus loves His Father. The Bible tells us that the Father chose Jesus who is precious to Him. 1 Peter 2:6. They love to communicate with one another.  What a privilege! We have that very same privilege.

” … if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14Why Did Jesus Pray

In John 17: 22 Jesus Himself prays about us and our relationship with God and says to God The Father,

May they be one as We are One.”

This too is Amazing in that Jesus prays that our relationship with God is to be like His – to be One with God.

What happens if we do not communicate with loved ones or friends? We loose contact. We miss important events in their lives. Tis the same if we communicate with God on an occasional basis. We snooze, we lose.

Why Did Jesus Pray? We’ve talked now about 3 “Whys” Jesus Prayed.

Hopefully you have them all:

1.  Jesus prayed because He was both dependent and obedient to His Father, just like you and I need to be. God calls us to pray. Our responsibility is to respond in obedience. Obedience is often equated with sacrifice. Jesus speaks of obedience in terms of Joy – John 15: 11.

If Jesus were to invite us to lunch, I for one would be there in a heart beat. He invites us to pray, to always be in an attitude of prayer. We ( I ) need to be there!

2.  Jesus prayed because as a righteous person He believed prayer to be an essential … an important part of His life.

3.  Why Did Jesus Pray? Because of His relationship with His Father Jesus was always in an attitude of communication with His Father. This should teach us, His children, to do the same. To pray without ceasing! Jesus’ relationship was real and drove communication with His Father. So too our Why to pray without ceasing needs to be focused on our relationship with Jesus.

Here’s a Challenge for us!

Why Did Jesus PrayPray without ceasing for the next 48 hours. In everything you experience take a moment to thank God and to ask for His guidance and will. Good or bad, beautiful or ugly – voice one or two brief sentences in prayer to God.

Why Did Jesus Pray? I hope this was an encouragement to you to pray like Jesus prayed – to pray without ceasing because … you want to be dependent on and obedient to the God of the universe. Pray because … you through Jesus are Righteous and know prayer to be important. And, pray because … God wants you to have a rich relationship with Him.

Pray because Prayer to the Christian life is like air is to the physical life – It Is Life !!

Do you believe Jesus ever uttered a prayer that was not answered? I believe all of His prayers were answered. Spend a moment with this PRAYER that Jesus prayed about you … about me … for believers. It’s from John 17, verses 20 – 23

Jesus prays saying, I pray not only for these … my disciples … but also for those who believe in Me through their message. 21 May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the world may believe You sent Me. 22 I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. 23 I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. 

Jesus here in John 17 prayed with great confidence about our relationship with God.

One last word, if I may. How can we pray with such confidence? How can we have such a rich relationship with God the Father through Jesus our Savior?

By having a strong WHY to Pray we can be confident when we:

  • Depend on and are obedient to the Lord.
  • Surrender our self and our desires to Him and His will on a daily basis, every day.
  • Invest time daily with Him.
  • Are in an attitude of prayer constantly.
  • Are in His Word every day.
  • Pray because God calls you to, and because He desires a rich relationship with us.

Why Pray? Because, Praying is to the Christian Life as Breathing is to the Physical life – both are Essential !

Why Did Jesus Pray

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About Joe Voutour

Joe Voutour now lives in Arizona via the Seattle WA area. He has an BA in Psychology and a Masters in Business. Joe is retired from his Life Insurance and Financial Planning career. Joe speaks, teaches and loves writing articles focused on helping people think about various businesses and other issues. His writing includes business reviews, economics, Christianity and other subjects of interest. Joe and his bride, Shirley, live in the White Mtns. region of AZ. Joe Voutour is a Founding Member of Vertical Rising.