The Prayers of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.

In addition to The Lord's Prayer the gospel writers - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - have recorded in the bible other prayers that Jesus said. Looking at these prayers, we can learn much to enhance our own prayer life..

The quotations on this page are taken from the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible.

Prayer of praise that everyone can know God.

"At that time Jesus said. 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will."
Matthew 11:25-26, Luke 10:21.

In this prayer of Jesus the Lord gives thanks that all people, not just the elite, can know God and become part of the Christian family. All people can share Jesus' close relationship with his Father, because God likes it that way - it is God's initiative.

Jesus prays before raising Lazarus.

"So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, 'Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.'"
John 11:41-42.

Jesus prays that the gathered crowd, on seeing Lazarus return from the grave, will have faith in him and know that he is from God.

Jesus prays that God's name will be glorified.

"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say, 'Father save me from this hour'? No it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name."
John 12:27-28.

Here, as in the prayers of Jesus in Gethsemane recorded in the other gospels, Jesus reveals his anguish about what is to happen - his death. He could pray to be saved or he could pray for God's will to be accomplished. Jesus chooses the second option, and makes his prayer that God will be glorified by the success of his mission.

A chapter of prayer by Jesus.

Chapter 17 of John's gospel is the longest prayer of Jesus recorded in any of the gospels. In truth, this chapter is likely to be an amalgamation of many prayers and saying of Jesus gathered together into one place by the gospel writer. In this chapter Jesus consecrates himself to the task that lies ahead, not for his sake, but for ours. This prayer of Jesus brings us to a closer understanding of the mind of Jesus, his relationship with God, and his selfless love of those, like us, in his care.

Jesus' prayers in Gethsemane.

"He said, 'Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want."
Matthew 26:36-44, Mark 14:32-39, Luke 22:46.

After Jesus had shared his last supper with his disciples, the teacher and his closest followers retire to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays whilst his companions sleep. In this prayer of Jesus' we have a glimpse of the intimacy and trust Jesus shares with God, his Father. Jesus, in great distress knowing what he is to suffer the following day, pleads with God that there might be some other way. And yet, Jesus' determination to do God's will is not broken as Jesus resign's himself, in complete obedience, to follow his father's plans.

Jesus prays on the cross.

"At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34, Luke 23:34,46.

Jesus, at the most poignant moment in Christian history, recognises the significance of his imminent death with a cry of utter desolation. Jesus, the Christ, the son of God, is abandoned (if only for a short time) and in this one act the whole of humanity is offered a fesh start - a new relationship with God.

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