Prayer is simply talking with God. A conversation with the Creator. Who better to learn from than Jesus?
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
Jesus is the greatest instructor regarding prayer. His teachings on prayer are powerful (that’s an understatement), but far more impactful to me is his example. He didn’t just talk about prayer; he prayed! He showed us how to pray.
The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that our Lord was a man of sincere prayer. I cannot imagine Jesus standing, folding his hands, clearing his throat, and speaking in a baritone voice, “O thou God of heaven, most glorious, most gracious, most holy. We beseech thee now for thy blessings on us.”
The Son’s conversations with the Father were real and raw. Check out our passage. He prayed with “loud cries and tears.” He prayed under the shadow and dread of the cross. He didn’t recite prayers. Instead, he shared his heart with the Father.
Prayer is communication with God … conversation with our Father. Cut the prayer language. Don’t guard your words. Talk to God using common language. Let him know the raw emotions of your heart. Cry out loudly. Let the tears come. Submit yourself in prayer to God. Then, you will begin to pray like Jesus.
Father, help us talk to you as your Son did. In his name. Amen.