Prayers of Jesus

A number of times the canonical gospels describe Jesus of Nazareth praying to God.

Recorded prayers

Six times the gospels record words that Jesus spoke in prayer:

  • “You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children” (Matt 11:25-26, Luke 10:21)
  • Before the raising of Lazarus (John 11:41-42)
  • “Father, glorify your name” (John 12:28)
  • His prayer in John 17
  • Three prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Three prayers on the cross:
    • “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34)
    • “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34)
    • “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)

Christ on the Mount of Olives.

Jesus prayed on Mount Olivet.
Luke 21:37

Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet.

Other references to Jesus praying

Other references to Jesus praying include:

  • At his baptism (Luke 3:21)
  • Regular time of withdrawal from the crowds (Luke 5:16)
  • After healing people in the evening (Mark 1:35)
  • Before walking on water (Matt 14:23, Mark 6:46, John 6:15)
  • Before choosing the Twelve (Luke 6:12)
  • Before Peter’s confession (Luke 9:18)
  • At the Transfiguration (Luke 9:29)
  • Before teaching his disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1)
  • Jesus says that he has prayed for Peter’s faith (Luke 22:32)

In addition to this, Jesus said grace before the feeding miracles, at the Last Supper, and at the supper at Emmaus.

R. A. Torrey notes that Jesus prayed early in the morning as well as all night, that he prayed both before and after the great events of his life, and that he prayed “when life was unusually busy”.[1]


  1. R. A. TorreyHow to PrayChapter X.

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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