Why Did Jesus Pray? - CrossLife Church (2023)

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Do you ever feel like you’re just too needy?

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You need the air temp a lot cooler in the house than the rest of the family. You need your morning coffee with coconut milk—not almond milk, not half and half, not some sugary syrup. You need help programming the audio system in your car. You need something to eat. You need sleep. You need God.

It’s not wrong to be needy. It’s human. We’re all finite beings, and aren’t capable of such utter independence that we don’t need anyone or anything.

When the Bible says that during his life on earth Jesus “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears” to his Father (Hebrews 5:7), it tells us that Jesus was needy. In short, the Son of God who humbled himself and became fully human relied on his heavenly Father for help. Just like we do.

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The word “prayers” implies asking for something based on a need.Got something you need? Even something you want but you’re not sure if you need it or not? Ask God. Jesus did.

The Bible follows “prayers” up with “petitions,” not just as a different word for the same thing. The Greek word is derived from the term for “olive branch.”

Remember back in Genesis after the flood? Noah sent a dove that returned with a leaf from an olive branch to signify a new world of harmony and peace.

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When the ancient Romans defeated an army they’d have the army carry olive branches as a sign that the battle had given way to peaceful relations.

The eagle on the great seal of the United States (look on the back of a quarter or US dollar) is holding an olive branch as a sign of peace.

Jesus prayed because he rested on the peaceful relationship he had with his Father. He knew there’d be a listening ear and compassionate heart on the other end.

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Based on personal need and on peaceful relations, Jesus prayed to his Father. In that regard, as a human being, he held no advantage over any of us who pray based on those same terms.

Keep that in mind the next time you pray in Jesus’ name, as he is now exalted in the position of interceding at the right hand of God. He is able to tell his Father, “I’ve been there, I know what (your name) needs.”

It’s okay to need God. And it’s okay to need other people. As a matter of fact, if you don’t, you’re in trouble.

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PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am needy. Sometimes I should be more needy but I’m embarrassed that you’ve had enough. Sometimes I should be less needy but I’m scared to act on your promises. Filter my prayers to the Father’s throne so that they ask for what is good, and give me greater faith to trust in whatever answer is best. Amen.

FURTHER MEDITATION: Read Hebrews 5:7 and meditate on it. What does it teach you about Jesus and his relationship to the Father? What does it show you about Jesus’ character? How does it make you adore him even more?

FAQs

What was the reason Jesus prayed? ›

Jesus prayed because he rested on the peaceful relationship he had with his Father. He knew there'd be a listening ear and compassionate heart on the other end. Based on personal need and on peaceful relations, Jesus prayed to his Father.

What did Jesus say about praying in church? ›

Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”

What are the 3 main prayers? ›

The prayer of protection. The prayer of transformation. The prayer of restoration.

Why is it important for the church to pray for one another? ›

Prayer is powerful

Prayer makes a difference. God's power is seen when his people join together in prayer for one another. God hears the prayers of his people and he has the power to work mightily in any given situation.

What are the three things Jesus prayed for? ›

Other references to Jesus praying

Regular time of withdrawal from the crowds (Luke 5:16) After healing people in the evening (Mark 1:35) Before walking on water (Matt 14:23, Mark 6:46, John 6:15)

What are the 5 reasons to pray? ›

Here are five reasons you should be praying every day:
  • Reduce Stress. Doctors who have studied the physiological effects of prayer have reported that when praying, heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and breathing regulates. ...
  • Increase Empathy. ...
  • Build Relationships. ...
  • Spiritual Exercises. ...
  • Emotional Health.
Jul 19, 2019

What does the Bible say about praying as a church? ›

When We Pray Together, We Experience God's Presence. Matthew 18:20 (NLT) For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Ephesians 3:12 (NLT) Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.

What verses in the Bible talks about praying for the church? ›

2 Timothy 4:2 – Pray that the church will preach the Word of God without apology. Colossians 4:2 – Pray that the church would devote itself to prayer. Acts 4:12 – Pray that the church will boldly share Jesus as the only hope for salvation. John 4:24 – Pray that the church will worship God in spirit and in truth.

What are two things Jesus taught us about prayer? ›

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He said that some people pray only so others will see them praying. Jesus taught that we should say our personal prayers where we can be alone, if possible. He said that some people say the same words over and over when they pray.

Do Catholic pray to God or Jesus? ›

The Catholic Church affirms wholeheartedly that we can go straight to Jesus in prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, The prayer of the Church, nourished by the Word of God and the celebration of the liturgy, teaches us to pray to the Lord Jesus.

What is the oldest prayer? ›

This prayer, known in Latin as Sub tuum Praesidium and first found in a Greek papyrus, c. 300 A.D., is the oldest known prayer to the Virgin.

What is the purest form of prayer? ›

In the Christian tradition, the purest form of prayer is the surrender of our entire being to God - a loving presence that infuses all that we say and do.

What does the Bible say about two or more praying together? ›

God hears when two or three agree

When we pray with just one more person, we amplify the power of prayer, but not in the way we may think. We often use the familiar verse saying, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them,” (Matthew 18:20) but the context helps us understand the intent.

What does the Bible say about praying for other believers? ›

The Bible commands us to pray for one another, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16, ESV).

What are the two main reasons why we should pray? ›

Daily prayer can bless you, your family, and those you pray for. It can also invite more peace into your life, help you learn more about God's plan for you, and more.

What is the only prayer that Jesus taught us? ›

The Lord's Prayer, also called the Our Father or Pater Noster, is a central Christian prayer which Jesus taught as the way to pray.

What is Jesus most famous prayer? ›

The Lord's Prayer

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.”

What did Jesus pray for the most? ›

As we come to Verse 15, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one.” These are important words for all believers to know. Jesus prayed to God for our protection from the evil in the world.

What is the most important reason to pray? ›

Prayer is important because it helps us to stay close to God. When we pray, we are opening up our hearts to Him and He is able to work in us and through us. Prayer also helps us to grow in our relationship with God. The more we talk and spend time with someone the more we get to know them.

What are the 7 benefits of prayer? ›

7 Benefits Of Prayer
  • Get closer to God. This one might seem obvious, but prayer is an excellent way of getting closer to God. ...
  • Reduce anxiety and experience calm. ...
  • Increase gratitude and thankfulness. ...
  • Shift our focus to others. ...
  • Hear from God. ...
  • Put off temptation. ...
  • Bring about miracles.
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What is the main point of prayer? ›

Traditionally we pray to a higher power or god for things of necessity and want. Prayer cultivates an attitude of humility and acceptance, and establishes our relationship with the source in the right manner. It creates a feeling akin to that of a baby cradled in its mother's arms.

Why do Christians go to church to pray? ›

It encourages Christians to acknowledge the goodness of God and how great He is (prayers of adoration). It encourages Christians to confess and ask for forgiveness. It helps Christians to remain humble as they thank God for all the things He has given them.

What is it called when you go to church and pray? ›

A church service (or a service of worship) is a formalized period of Christian communal worship, often held in a church building.

How should we pray as a church? ›

5 Ways to Pray for the Global Church
  1. Pray through Scripture. God's Word is full of examples of ways to pray for the church. ...
  2. Pray through the news. The news is the easiest way we stay connected to the world. ...
  3. Pray for the persecuted. ...
  4. Pray for the unreached. ...
  5. Pray about giving and going.
Oct 19, 2020

What is the greatest prayer in the church? ›

Rather than treating Mass like a “spiritual ATM” where we put in prayer and get out Eucharist, the Church invites us to realize that the Mass itself is the greatest prayer of the Church, wherein the whole Christ, Head and members, offers perfect worship to God the Father.

Where in the Bible does it say we should pray for our pastors? ›

When it comes to praying for our leaders, 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV) gives us direct instruction. Our leaders need God's help. All of them. It's important to remember that God is not surprised by flawed individuals in high places.

What happens when the church prays together? ›

Churches that do not pray together still minister in whatever ways they can, given their resources, abilities, and sacrifices. But churches that pray together begin to see the miraculous power of God at work in their midst. It goes beyond what they can and should do into what God wants to do through them.

What did Jesus say about praying in public? ›

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen.

Why did Jesus ask to teach them to pray? ›

Why did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray? The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray because they noticed the importance and priority prayer had in His life, and they took note that Christ's prayer life was, in many ways, the source of His holiness and power.

What was Jesus first prayer? ›

Prayers of Praise

Jesus starts by saying, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9).

Do Catholics pray to Mary instead of Jesus? ›

Catholics do not pray to Mary as if she were God. Prayer to Mary is memory of the great mysteries of our faith (Incarnation, Redemption through Christ in the rosary), praise to God for the wonderful things he has done in and through one of his creatures (Hail Mary) and intercession (second half of the Hail Mary).

Why do Catholics say Jesus is God? ›

Because Jesus possesses fully the nature of God and the nature of man we can describe Him as true God and true man. Because Jesus possesses fully the nature of a man, He has a human body and soul. Furthermore, His human soul, like ours, has intellect and will. (He is like man in all things but sin).

Did Jesus form the Catholic Church? ›

According to Catholic tradition, the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ. The New Testament records Jesus' activities and teaching, His appointment of the twelve Apostles, and His instructions to them to continue His work.

Who was the first man to pray in the Bible? ›

Abraham. The first notable prayer whose text is recorded in the Torah and Hebrew Bible occurs when Abraham pleads with God not to destroy the people of Sodom, where his nephew Lot lives. He bargains with God not to destroy the city if there are fifty good men within, and eventually lowers the total to ten.

Who prayed the longest prayer in the Bible? ›

In the final part of the discourse (John 17:1-26) Jesus prays for his followers and the coming Church. This is the longest prayer of Jesus in any of the gospels, and is known as the Farewell Prayer or the High Priestly Prayer.

What was the first prayer that God taught us? ›

Bible Gateway Luke 11 :: NIV. He said to them, "When you pray, say: "`Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

What is the highest form of worship according to the Bible? ›

The highest form of worship in our Saviour's culture and according to God's Word is not prayer or singing, but rather to study His Word. Study, therefore, is when we learn to hear from God and when He speaks to us—whereby when we pray, we are doing the speaking.

What is a true prayer? ›

True Prayer Flows from Scripture

More than that, the Scriptures will guide your mind into the thoughts of God. This is the great difference between Eastern mysticism and Christian prayer. Mysticism says empty your mind so that you can pray; however, God says fill your mind so that you can pray.

Which forms of prayer recognizes most immediately that God is God? ›

Adoration/Blessing

Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because he is.

What is the difference between praying alone and praying together? ›

We need both prayer alone with the Lord and prayer in community. The first actually prepares us for the second. Prayer alone with the Lord is powerful. Prayer with the community is most powerful, for the Lord himself said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name I am in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20).

What is the most powerful prayer in the Bible? ›

The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13): “'Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us today 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 the evil one.

What does the Bible say about husband and wife praying together? ›

Although the Bible doesn't say directly, “Husbands and wives, pray for each other,” it does say in James 5:16 that we are to “pray for each other so that you may be healed.” That certainly includes husbands praying for wives and wives praying for husbands.

Where in the Bible does it say not to pray to other gods? ›

"Thou shalt have no other gods before on my face" (Hebrew: לא יהיה־לך אלהים אחרים על־פני) is one, or part of one depending on the numbering tradition used, of the Ten Commandments found in the Hebrew Bible at Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6.

What did Jesus say about praying alone? ›

Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”

What are the reasons why Jesus prayed? ›

Jesus prayed because he rested on the peaceful relationship he had with his Father. He knew there'd be a listening ear and compassionate heart on the other end. Based on personal need and on peaceful relations, Jesus prayed to his Father.

What are the 5 reasons Christians pray? ›

Here are five reasons you should be praying every day:
  • Reduce Stress. Doctors who have studied the physiological effects of prayer have reported that when praying, heart rate and blood pressure decrease, and breathing regulates. ...
  • Increase Empathy. ...
  • Build Relationships. ...
  • Spiritual Exercises. ...
  • Emotional Health.
Jul 19, 2019

What are 3 purposes of prayer? ›

adoration - praising God for his greatness and admitting dependence on him. confession - owning up to sin and asking for God's mercy and forgiveness. thanksgiving - thanking God for his many blessings, eg health or children.

What is the main point Jesus taught about prayer? ›

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray. He said that some people pray only so others will see them praying. Jesus taught that we should say our personal prayers where we can be alone, if possible.

Why did Jesus pray the Lord's prayer? ›

In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray for the things that we need. “Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive our sins. Save us.” Jesus also teaches us to pray for God's ways above our own.

What was the reason for praying? ›

Prayer helps you develop a relationship with God

Just like your parents here on earth, your Heavenly Father wants to hear from you and talk to you. When you pray, He listens. Then He answers your prayers in the form of thoughts, spiritual feelings, scripture, or even the actions of other people.

What was the purpose of prayer? ›

Prayer has been the natural response of humans to cope with difficult situations in life, such as poverty, petulance, sickness, death or disaster. Traditionally we pray to a higher power or god for things of necessity and want.

What is an example of Jesus praying? ›

Jesus prayed repeatedly while in pain on the cross. He cried out in desperation, quoting from a psalm that told the whole tale of His suffering (see Matthew 27:46). He prayed for those who were hurting Him (see Luke 23:34). And He uttered a prayer of surrender of Himself into the Father's hands (see Luke 23:46).

Did Jesus Really Say the Lord's prayer? ›

Jesus probably did not create the Lord's Prayer or teach it to his disciples, although certain phrases in Christendom's central prayer may have been used by him, according to an ongoing national seminar of biblical scholars.

Who did Jesus pray for? ›

Before praying to God for the disciples, and subsequently for all who would become believers, Jesus prayed to the Father God concerning himself. Beginning with verse six, Jesus began to pray for the disciples, saying to God, “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.

What are the four reasons for prayer? ›

Prayer Has Its Reasons
  • God's Word Calls Us to Pray.
  • Jesus Prayed Regularly.
  • Prayer is How We Communicate with God.
  • Prayer Allows us to Participate in God's Works.
  • Prayer Gives us Power Over Evil.
  • Prayer is Always Available.

Where did praying start from? ›

The origin of prayer is to be found—essentially and existentially—in the recognition and invocation of the creator-god, the god of heaven.

What is the ultimate prayer of the church? ›

Rather than treating Mass like a “spiritual ATM” where we put in prayer and get out Eucharist, the Church invites us to realize that the Mass itself is the greatest prayer of the Church, wherein the whole Christ, Head and members, offers perfect worship to God the Father.

What is the true meaning of prayer? ›

a devout petition to God or an object of worship. a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession. the act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship.

Does God change his mind when we pray? ›

Our thoughts about God, our feelings toward our neighbors, and the state of our heart all change when we pray to God. In addition to prayer changing us, prayer does change things around us. As Sproul states: The mind of God does not change for God does not change.

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