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.” Luke 11:1
We all know this line from the Bible and the prayer model that Jesus gave following this request from one of His disciples.
I want to highlight these points Jesus made at the beginning and end of the prayer:
- Our Father in heaven,
- Hallowed (Holy) be Your name.
- For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
We must know whom we are praying to! Jesus tells us that ‘prayer’ is having a relationship with the Father. And it is important for us to see Him as Holy, knowing that He alone is worthy of all glory, of all honor, and all power!
Where else do we get a description of our Father in heaven and Him being declared as holy and worthy? Jesus was pointing His disciples to Revelation 4, the Beauty Realm (click for more), before it was actually revealed to John the Beloved!
“Behold…One sitting on the throne…Holy Holy Holy is the LORD God…Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power.” Rev 4:2-11
I believe Jesus saw this throne room reality at the beginning of His public ministry. I think it was this ‘Beauty Realm’ in heaven that gave Jesus the vision and value of His ministry on Earth.
“Now it came about when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also was baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened.” Luke 3:21
- While He prayed
- Heaven was opened
Do you think it was possible that when heaven opened, Jesus saw the ‘Beauty Realm’? Could He have seen the Father in all His glory and splendor sitting on the Throne? I believe Jesus saw all of what is described in Revelation 4. The Father heard His Son’s prayer and encouraged Him by showing Him what was in store for Him at the end of His earthly ministry. It was more than enough but He also sends Him the Spirit and encourages Him with His audible voice.
He prayed, He saw, He received, and He heard.
“Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased.”
Jesus is seen praying throughout the gospels and it is said that He prayed alone often. Ex: Luke 5:16, Luke 6:12, Luke 9:18. During these alone times in prayer the disciples were near to Him but were not engaging in prayer with Him because they had not yet seen the importance and power of it. But I know they must have observed and seen that it was special or they would not have asked such a question. They could have asked, teach us to heal, teach us to teach or teach us to evangelize.
It was at the Mount of Transfiguration that Peter, James and John got a real dose of Jesus’ heavenly reality. They saw Jesus in His Glory!
“And while He was praying, the appearance of His face became different, and His clothing became white and gleaming.” Luke 9:29
Again we see that while Jesus is praying a heavenly reality is revealed, this time it is to show Peter, John, and James that He truly is the anointed of God as Peter had stated 8 days earlier in v.18. For the second recorded time in the gospels they also heard the audible voice of God. The first being at Jesus’ baptism as read above. But out of the three times that the audible voice of God was recorded in the New Testament (the third being John 12:27-29), this was the only one that gave a command to those who were listening. Again, God confirms that Jesus is the One but instead of encouraging Jesus, He gives Peter, John, and James a command. A command that should be heeded by us as well!
“Listen to Him” “Hear Him” “Give ear to Him” “Give constant heed to Him”
Then Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (John and James) got to hear Jesus’ last prayer in the Garden called Gethsemane. This was unlike any prayer they had ever heard and John actually recorded it for us to hear as well. I would encourage you all to read and re-read John 16 and 17! Let us not forget Jesus’ words to those that were closest to Him in His last hours.
“Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41
I know there is power in prayer and I know that just as Jesus prayed often while He was on earth and now intercedes for us in Heaven, that we too are ALL called into prayer and intercession. Jesus is to be the example that we pattern our lives after and if He is in heaven right now interceding then is it not the Fathers will for intercession to be on Earth as it is in Heaven?
I will end with the next three parts of the Lord’s Prayer:
- Your kingdom come
- Your will be done
- On earth as it is in heaven.
LORD TEACH US TO PRAY, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN!