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Prayers of Jesus

As we wrap up our prayer study this month, I want to look at all the ways and times Jesus prayed. As His followers, we can learn much from the prayers of Jesus. His example shows us how to live a Godly life even within our prayer life.

Prayers of Jesus

Background on Biblical Prayers

There are 650 prayers listed in the Bible. And we find Jesus praying 25 different times during his earthly ministry. When we pray, we usually end our prayers with the word “Amen.” The word means “so be it,” “verily,” and “truly.” We find the term “Amen” first used in Numbers 5:22 (NIV) when God commands it to be a response to the examination of an unfaithful wife. 

We can pray any time and in any place. But, the Bible does give us some examples of five specific postures for prayers:

  1. Sitting (2 Sam 7:18 NIV), 
  2. Standing (Mark 11:25 NIV), 
  3. Kneeling (Ephesians 3:14 NIV), 
  4. With one’s face to the ground (Matthew 26:39 NIV), 
  5. And with hands lifted up (1 Timothy 2:8 NIV).

Do you have one preferred method when you pray? Have you ever considered trying some other position when you pray?

Prayers of Jesus Don’ts

Jesus gave us some specific don’ts when it comes to our prayer time. We find those listed in Matthew 6:5-8 (NIV);

  • Don’t try to show off.
  • Do not be loud so that others hear you.
  • Fancy words are not necessary.
  • Our prayers don’t need to be long or full of unnecessary words.
  • Pray time should not always be public.

“5 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 others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Matthew 6:5-8 (NIV)

What Do the Prayers of Jesus Show Us?

We can see some important facts about prayer and its benefits through Christ’s example of what He prayed about. 

Prayers of Jesus

So, after all this detail on the prayers of Jesus, what was the very first prayer of Jesus? In His first prayer, Jesus taught us how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV). And Jesus breathed His last breath on the cross by offering a prayer for those who crucified Him and His followers in John 17:1-11 (NIV). He began His ministry with prayer, ended it with prayer, and set the perfect example for us to follow. 

I pray this study has helped you with your prayer life. I know preparing for the study has helped me. And, even when the words don’t come easy, remember Romans 8:26 (NIV); “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”


Prayer about Prayers of Jesus

Dearest Jesus, thank you for your faithful teaching on prayer and for providing us so many beautiful examples. I pray that my prayer life is pleasing to you. And when words fail me, please hear the groanings of my heart. I love you. Thank you for everything in my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Melissa G. Henderson

    Prayer is vital to deepening our relationship with the Father. I am comforted when I pray. He is always listening. Thank you for this inspirational message Yvonne. 🙂

  2. Craig Ruhl

    We pray for your ministry, words, and service. Thank you for all you do to further the Kingdom of God and teach the world about Him.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Craig. I love the Lord so it is a joy to do this work. Blessings

  3. Ava Pennington

    I especially appreciate your mention of the postures of prayer. I’ve found that each physical posture often correlates to my level of spiritual surrender in prayer!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      I agree. I think it is important to pray using each position at various times. It is amazing how I felt after kneeling or praying with my face to the ground. Thanks Ava.

  4. Melinda Viergever Inman

    This is an excellent wrap up to your series on prayer. You’ve done such a good job with your material, Yvonne. Very encouraging.

  5. Connie Wohlford

    Thank you for this inspirational message, Yvonne.
    I love your systematic review of Jesus’ prayers. He is our greatest example and we can learn from and be encouraged by your post.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Connie. He is our greatest example in so many ways. Blessings

  6. JD Wininger

    Enjoyed this series a great deal Ms. Yvonne. Some things you reminded me of, others you taught or gave me a different perspective to consider. Thank you for it all ma’am. God’s blessings.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks JD. And through it all, we can learn that prayer works. Blessings

  7. Jessica Brodie

    Thanks for this! And I, too, loved the part about postures of prayer. So good!

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica. Sometimes, I think we are praying to the Creator of heaven and earth. It is important to use some other posture to acknowledge Him. Blessings

  8. Katherine Pasour

    Your message is both informative and inspiring. Thank you! I’ve been focusing on having a more faithful prayer life and your message is so helpful and hopeful.

  9. barbaralatta

    Jesus also gives us the example of separating Himself from the crowds and the noises around Him when He prayed. He often went to the mountainside alone. When we get away from distractions we can hear the Father’s voice.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      That is a very important point too. We can pray anywhere but we should make time to be alone with God too. Thanks Barbara. Blessings

  10. Annie Yorty

    I appreciate this thought-provoking message to remind me of the necessity of prayer.

  11. karentfriday

    Great post, Yvonne. I enjoyed the postures of prayer and your list of how Jesus prayed and what He prayed for.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. It is an important subject. Blessings

  12. JenniferTKnight

    This is my favorite post of yours so far. I have looked at some of Jesus’ prayers but not all of them and compared them. I love this.

    1. Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Jennifer. It was wonderful to visit all of them as I wrote about them too

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