In this picture we see the Savior, as if in prayer, looking and communing with the Father. Prayer was essential to his fulfilling his mission on this earth, as we can see through examples of that. And it is essential to us as well.
First though, the whole time he was here, he did the work of the Father as mentioned many times in holy writ. He constantly looked to the Father in all things, as we should as well.
He went about his Father's business, and he told others if they knew him they knew the Father.
He gave us the example of the Lord's prayer, where he mentions how sacred the Father's name is, and obediently says the Father's will be done on earth and in heaven.
He prayed before he raised Lazarus, thanking the Father that he had heard him pray. And through the power given him, the tomb gave up its claim on Lazarus.
He offered the Great Intercessory Prayer, asking the Father that we might be able to become one with Christ and the Father, to be able to inherit all that he has.
And it was here he told the Father that he had glorified the Father in all things, and that he had finished the work given him to do. Do we glorify the Father, and do we set about to do the work we are given to do?
And after the Intercessory Prayer, he went to the Garden of Gethsemane, where he was sorrowful even unto death, and where he sweat great drops of blood. Yet still he succumbed, and even though he wished the bitter cup would be taken from him, and before experiencing pain worse than the mortal man could bear, his response to the Father was not my will, but thine be done. And he did it so that all who come unto him would not suffer as he did.
And on the cross, there are recorded several prayers. In his extremity, he prayed "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani," which is interpreted My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? He who was never apart from the Father knew what it was like to be alone in suffering. He knew what we would feel like in our trials. There were other things he spoke, but at the end, his final words were a prayer. "Into thy hands I commend my spirit," and "It is finished." His trial was now over.
Later, after he was resurrected, he prayed to the Father when he visited the other sheep in the Americas, and we are told that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor was it possible for man to utter the things that Christ prayed to the Father for them and for us at that time. But we know that angels came down out of heaven during that time.
This is not a comprehensive list of all the prayers he gave, but enough to encourage us to pray to the Father, in the name of Christ, as James says In Faith, nothing Wavering.
The Lord says that he will send the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, and he elsewhere says that if we come unto him when we labor and are heavy laden, he will give us rest. He died for us. And he lives to comfort us.
What wonderful promises we are given if we pray as he did, and as people of faith continue to do today. It will lead us back to our heavenly home.
May we ever avail ourselves of the power of prayer in our lives, as the Savior showed us.
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Picture is Jesus The Christ by John Zamudio, available at http://www.zamudiospaintings.com/inspirational.html