Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Luke 11:1

"And it came about that while He was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.' "

Such an intriguing thing...Jesus praying.  No mystery that I need to pray...my heart is desperately sick, my soul in deep dependency ever and always, continually in need of the Spirit's ministry, interceding with groanings too deep for words... but the Lord Jesus?  To fend off any hint of slighting His equality with the Father, we are instant in our defense of His deity (Colossians 2:9)... perhaps to the point of understating His humanity.  As 100% man, He modeled His dependency upon the Father through the same means He bids His elect ones use: prayer and the Scriptures.  From the outset of His public ministry, prayer preceded the calling of His Twelve...and use of the Word as a wonderfully-wielded weapon during intense temptation set the tone for the entire time of His earthly moving among men and spirits.
Yet, apart from the seventeenth chapter of John, and a smattering of other moments addressing His Father before a miracle, we do not know what He uttered in His times of prayerful solitude. And, despite the tendencies of theologians and theologian-wanna-be types to give quick responses.... there is actually answerless mystery here: the Son of God, praying. Yes, it pleased the Father, yes He was glorified... but still.....it's an intriguing thing... Jesus praying.

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