How encouraging is it when you know someone is praying for you? Today I hope this post encourages you to know that in Jesus’ last hours on earth He spent His time not teaching another message, but in prayer for US!
How Jesus spent His time on earth is so telling of His character and His heart for us. Even when Jesus knew He only had hours left to live, He spent His last precious moments in prayer in the presence of God our Father and the disciples.
The last three prayers Jesus spoke on this earth teach us so much about what God desired for us.
John 17: The Overcomer Prayer:
One of the holiest of prayers in the entire Bible is a prayer Jesus prays in John 17, which was prayed sometime after The Last Supper. Throughout this whole prayer, Jesus is praying for our security, our joy, our unity and our future. He prays on our behalf so we know what He’s done for us, given to us and all that he will do for us when we get to heaven.
In the first part of John 17, Jesus first turns to His Father and prays for Himself. Jesus knew after He left we would still experience trouble in this world but prayed that we would know we are overcomers in Christ and share in His victory.
In John 17:6-19, Jesus then prays for His disciples. Here Jesus is praying for our protection against the enemy, that we would know the fullness of joy and we would be molded according to His holiness. In John 17:13-26, Jesus prays for our unity, for us to carry out His mission of spreading God’s love and our future. The prayer in John 17 shows us how much Jesus cares for us and how He desires the best for us. He knew we were going to have struggles and prayed for us on our behalf before He left this earth.
A Prayer in the Garden– Mark 14:35-36:
I don’t know if you have ever sat and read the prayer Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane before, but it is filled with lots of sorrow and suffering. Jesus knew the time was coming before he was going to be arrested. He went to the Garden of Gethsemane, a quiet place to pray and sit with God. He took His disciples Peter, John, and James with Him to keep watch while He prayed.
Jesus was very troubled and distressed and told His disciples, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” (Mark 14:34). Jesus knew it was only hours before he was going to be arrested and persecuted. His soul was heavy with the burden of what God was asking Him to do on behalf of everyone else–to bear the penalty for all our sins.
Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:35-36
Jesus knew His Father was capable of all things. He turned to Him in His sorrow asking Him to please take this cup from me. A cup’s symbolism is of deep sorrow and suffering. Jesus felt as though God was leaving Him behind and turning away from Him when He who had no sin was made to be the sin offering for us.
A Prayer From the Cross–Luke 23:34:
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34)
This prayer that Jesus prays on the cross is one of the most powerful prayers I believe Jesus prays. Even in death, Jesus cared about our salvation. He takes His last dying moments to pray for us on the cross and still had the power to make people right with God. It amazes me even as Jesus was ridiculed, persecuted, beaten and crucified He still prayed for those who crucified Him. He even forgave one of the criminals on the cross whom He was sentenced with. These last moments show how much Jesus cares about our hearts and what they are filled with. He knew unforgiveness would be the death of us and spent every last moment showing us He is the way to our salvation and the path to our freedom.
The last prayers of Jesus are so telling of how much He loves us. He spent every last moment praying for us up until His last moments of death. The prayers Jesus prayed didn’t die that day on the cross. His prayers continue on from heaven.
We can learn so much from the last prayers of Jesus. He didn’t allow persecution, being arrested or suffering to keep Him from praying. He prayed all throughout His suffering and turned to God for His every need, leaving His mark in our lives.
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How have the prayers of Jesus marked your life?
How can our prayers leave a mark in others or in this world?
If Jesus was standing before you and asked, “How can I pray for you?” What would you say?
Praying this Easter Holiday is filled with the prayers of Jesus, his abundant joy, and love in your life! Happy Easter!
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