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Prayers of Yeshua

written by Asher Intrater
October 17, 2010

Yeshua (Jesus) often taught about prayer. More than that, He prayed. To my count the gospels record 15 instances of Yeshua praying. They are best recorded in the book of Luke. The 15 instances could be divided into three groups: 1) personal preparation, 2) discipleship training, and 3) before and during the crucifixion.

Personal Preparation

  1. Luke 3:21 – After baptism, Yeshua prays and Holy Spirit descends on Him in form of dove. He hears voice speaking of God’s love.
  2. Luke 4:1 – Yeshua is led into desert, where He fasts and prays 40 days, being tempted by the devil.
  3. Luke 4:42; Mark 1:35 – Early morning before dawn, Yeshua’s habit was to rise and pray while others slept.
  4. Luke 5:17 – Yeshua prays to receive anointing to teach word of God, forgive sins and heal the sick.
  5. Luke 9:32; Matthew 17:21 – Yeshua heals and casts out demon from an epileptic, saying, “This kind goes out only by prayer and fasting.”

Yeshua’s daily discipline of praying to receive the Holy Spirit’s direction and revelation in His own life should encourage us to develop a personal prayer habit in our lives as well.

Discipleship Training

  1. Luke 6:12 – Yeshua prays all night to get the discernment to call and appoint his disciples into their service.
  2. Luke 9:18; Matthew 16:13 – Yeshua prays for His disciples to have revelation of who He is and to be able to hear from God for themselves.
  3. Luke 9:28 – Yeshua prays and is transformed, revealing to His disciples the source of power and glory
  4. Luke 10:2 – Yeshua prays to send out workers into the harvest
  5. Luke 11:1; Mathew 6:10 – Yeshua prays and shows His disciples how to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I am particularly interested in these prayers of Yeshua for His disciples. Through His prayers He brought them to Him. He discerned what their callings were. He prayed for them to have revelation knowledge. (I believe the apostle Paul [Saul] was thinking about Yeshua’s prayer in Luke 9 and Matthew 16 when he wrote the prayer of Ephesians 1 for us to have revelation knowledge of who Yeshua is [verse 17] and who we are in Him [verse 18].)

During the three or four years that Yeshua was with His disciples, He formed their character through much prayer. He prayed for them and with them. Yeshua is still praying for us today to be formed into His image and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33; Romans 8:34; Galatians 4:19; Hebrews 7:25).

Before and During Crucifixion

  1. Luke 22:40; Matthew 26:38 – In Gethsemane, Yeshua prays under great stress that God’s will be done, not His.
  2. John 17:1 – Yeshua prays as High Priest for His disciples and the future international Church to be one with God, united, glorified, filled with holiness, and evangelizing the world.
  3. Matthew 27:46 – Yeshua cries out to God, citing Psalm 22, “My God, why have you forsaken Me.”
  4. Luke 23:34 – Yeshua prays to forgive all, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
  5. Luke 23:46 – Yeshua dedicates Himself totally with the last prayer of “Father, in Your hand I commit My spirit.”

The crucifixion is the final act of intercession on our behalf, and His final act of obedience to the Father. Yeshua dedicated His life to sacrificial love and obedience. The cross serves as the perfect model for us to walk in intercessory prayer as well.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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