Answering Jesus’ Prayers

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“But he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.

I wonder what Jesus prayed about?  He was always going off to pray, but how did He pray?  He told the Apostles to pray the Our Father.  I suppose Jesus could have prayed that.  After all it is called the Lord’s prayer.  He could have skipped over the “forgive us our trespasses” part since He was without sin.

But sometimes He went off for a long time to pray, once for forty days.  Surely He didn’t repeat the same prayer over and over or really, really slowly for such long periods of time.

Jesus had everything He needed.  After all, He was God.  He didn’t need forgiveness.  The only thing I can think of is that He was praying for us. He did come down here to save us from our sins so I’m guessing that during those times of solitary prayer, He was praying that His mission would be successful.  That we would turn away from sin.  That we might all share in eternal life.

Agony in the Garden

Agony in the Garden, Gesthemani Abbey

You and I have spent our lives asking for things and hopefully giving thanks for the things we receive.   Jesus answers our prayers just like He said He would.  But we can return the favor.  We can answer His prayers by following Him, by following His commandments, and by loving one another as we love ourselves.

Are we as dependable in answering His prayers as He is in answering ours?

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3 Responses

  1. Good reflection. I’m not in a diaconate program, but want to discern it, possibly with our next cycle.

    • David, Thanks for the comment. I’ll keep you in my prayers as you discern your vocation. Let me know if I can be of help.

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