Jesus in Prayer

In Daily Devotional by Greg Laurie

Theme of the Week: Walking with Jesus

Bible Verse: “Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5 CSB

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 7:25, Luke 5:16, John 17:6-24

We want others to pray for us, and so we should, because clearly there is power in united prayer. Jesus said, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).

We all should remember to pray for one another, but even if we forget, there is good news: Jesus Christ himself is praying for us. (Hebrews 7:25). In John 17, we find Jesus praying for his disciples—past, present, and future. It is Jesus’s prayer for you. And it is the greatest prayer ever prayed.

If you think about it, it’s quite extraordinary that Jesus prayed at all. Why would Jesus, a member of the Trinity, need to pray? Yet throughout the gospels, we see that he prayed regularly. After a dizzying, busy day of ministry, he would spend the entire evening coming before his Father in prayer. He would often spend all night in prayer. Without a doubt, Jesus was a man of prayer.

But why? Because although he was God, Jesus submitted to the Father. Not only that, but he was leaving us an example to follow. If Jesus, who was perfect and sinless, took time to pray, then how much more should we, as imperfect and sinful people, do the same?

Jesus started by praying for himself, which by the way, isn’t a bad thing to do. Jesus began, “Father, the time has come” (John 17:1). The hour had come, the hour of his betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection from the dead. Jesus had finished the work the Father had given him to do.

Earlier in this Gospel, Jesus said, “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him” (John 8:29). And that was 100 percent true. Jesus had glorified the Father in all he said and did, from the beginning to the end of his earthly ministry. And certainly he left us an example to follow (Philippians 2:5).

We can never fully have the mind of Christ. But as we look at his life, the way he followed his Father, and the way he asked us to do the same, we see what it means to walk in the will of God.


From Walking With Jesus: Daily Inspiration From The Gospel Of John by Greg Laurie. Copyright ©2007 by Greg Laurie. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, MI. http://bakerpublishinggroup.com

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About
Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America, and consistently ranks among the most influential churches in the country.
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Greg Laurie
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America, and consistently ranks among the most influential churches in the country.