It is surprising to think that prayer was necessary for Jesus. After all, He’s the Son of God who today hears and answers our prayers. But prayer was necessary during His earthly days because He was truly human and shared wholly in our humanity. He accepted even the limitations of depending on the Father and having to communicate with Him in prayer.
Prayer was a lifestyle for Jesus. Every major milestone is accompanied by prayer: baptism, before calling the disciples, before the transfiguration, before the Lord’s Supper, before the cross, on the cross, as He died, and before He ascended. He prayed at moments of joy (Luke 10:21), trouble (John 12:27-28). He prayed so much that He had a reputation as a man of prayer (Matthew 19:13).
Jesus’ prayer life did not end with His earthly journey. Today He “is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34). And “because He always lives to intercede” for us, He is able to save us completely (Hebrews 7:25).