The Man of Prayer

No consideration of the Savior’s humanity is adequate, I believe, that fails to consider a simple fact, mentioned often in the Gospels: He prayed. Indeed, if we reflect that prayer is the highest human activity, we should say that his prayer reveals more about Jesus as a human being than anything else he did.

Holy Scripture conveys the impression that our Lord was fond of praying alone and out-of-doors. For instance, Mark writes of the earliest days of Jesus’ ministry: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed” (1:35). In the Greek text, that final verb—“prayed”—is expressed in the imperfect tense, . . .

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Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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