Today is the 5th day of Lent, a 40 day season of spiritual reflection, repentance, and renewal. During these 40 days we’ll explore the prayer life of Jesus, walking chronologically through every mention of Jesus’ prayer life and prayers in the Gospels.
Here is today’s prayer event: 19So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise…30 I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 5:19,30 ESV).
Jesus describes his ministry as one of imitation–what he hears his Father saying, he says; what he sees his Father doing, he does.
Andrew Lincoln writes, “When did this listening and observing…occur? The formulations suggest that these activities…were part of his continuing relationship with his Father during his public ministry–a relationship in which he saw visions and heard auditions, and for which prayer would not be an inappropriate description.”
For Jesus, prayer was not merely a time to talk, but also a time to listen. Prayer was not just closing the eyes, but also opening the eyes. Through prayer Jesus gained insight into what his next syllable and step ought to be.
Sit in silence for the next ten minutes. Ask God to speak to your heart. Ask God to open your eyes. He just may have something to say or show.
SHARE WITH OTHER READERS BELOW ONE THING YOU’VE HEARD/SEEN/GAINED INSIGHT ABOUT THROUGH PRAYER…