Susan Hetrick

Read: Hebrews 4:14-16

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (v. 16)

All four Gospels say that Jesus prayed. Typically he was alone when he prayed, so we don’t know exactly what he prayed for. However, we can surmise a lot from what is written about Jesus’ prayer practice.

The Gospels say Jesus prayed before choosing his disciples. He prayed before traveling. He prayed when everyone else was asleep, both early in the morning and late at night. Prior to his crucifixion, Jesus tearfully pleaded with God to “let this cup pass me by,” but he accepted God’s will. And he prayed with familiarity, addressing God as “Abba”—Aramaic for “Daddy.”

Jesus’ model of prayer should be our model too. He did not brag about himself in prayer or use fancy words but submitted to God’s will. His prayers were a conversation with God. By his example we know that we can confidently ask for anything, and God will grant whatever is in alignment with God’s will. And as Jesus did, we can pray when we are alone, before making decisions, when we are frightened or confused, and any time of day or night. Jesus prayed for others—even the soldiers who crucified him. Following his lead, we ought to pray for others as well: our friends, family, the global community, even our “enemies”! Remember, a prayer is a conversation; it goes two ways. Listen when you pray, and know that Abba hears your prayers. —Susan Hetrick

Prayer: Abba, thank you for always hearing my prayers.