Jesus Christ taught us the manner of prayer during His ministry. He prayed for those He ministered to. He prayed blessings of heaven upon the children. Jesus showed us the perfect example of how to pray as He gave His Sermon on the Mount and offered what is now known as “The Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6). I cannot fathom greater prayer than those offered by our Savior as He worked out our salvation both in Gethsemane (Luke 22) and on Calvary (Luke 23:33-34).
Luke 22:39-44 reads: And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Jesus Christ prayed for protection. He prayed for strength to endure the most difficult of times. Angels ministered to Him. He stayed His course. At the darkest and hardest hour, Christ prayed more earnestly. Can we follow His perfect example and pray when we are in the depths of despair and trial?
In His final moments the Savior of the world interceded, pleading with the Father to forgive the very people who killed Him. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Can we, likewise, follow Christ’s example to let go of grudges and forgive?
I am grateful for the Savior who has shown us so clearly that communication with God is the conduit that brings us closer to Him, and we can pray always. May your life be guided as you use the divine gift of prayer.