Jesus went to God in prayer. Sometime He went in “reverent submission”, seeking to align the will of His human mind and body with the will of God. In the garden, as He faced torture and death on the cross, Jesus came before God with His human concerns but ultimately said, “Not my will but Yours.” At other times Jesus prayed to reconnect to His Father. In times up on the mountain or out in the wilderness, He drew near to God to be renewed and refreshed. And some of the time Jesus prayed for others. Even on the cross, Jesus interceded for those who were crucifying Him.
Our great high priest invites us to live a life of prayer that is obedient to the will of the Father, that connects to God, and that lifts up one another – even those who persecute us. For Jesus, prayer was always the first step. It was never the last result. At times we have this backwards.
Through prayer Jesus stayed connected to God and remained unblemished. In this perfectly obedient state, Jesus went to the cross, bore our sins, and became the source of our eternal salvation. We too connect to our God through prayer. although we too come in all the ways Jesus came to the Father, we are no perfect. We are blemished; we are sinners. But because of Jesus, we also can come before God seeking to be washed clean, to be made new. In those moments we are made new, unblemished and pure. Jesus prayed often and set for us the example. May we too take all to the Lord in prayer.
Scripture reference: Hebrews 5: 7-10