No doubt Jesus was a man of prayer.
By my count, seventeen times the gospels show him praying. And at least fifteen times we see him teach his disciples about prayer. We even know a lot about the content of his prayers, especially from John chapter 17.
But I wonder what he prays about now. He is praying now, you know. He sits at the Father’s right hand and right now continually prays for us (Romans 8:34 & Hebrews 7:25).
And I wonder what the Holy Spirit prays about now. He’s constantly interceding for us when we groan in prayer with heart-issues that language can’t touch (Romans 8:26-27). I wonder what the Spirit prays right now.
Yes, God “prays”. He is relational – the Father, Son and Spirit. He is love. He communicates within the Godhead, the Trinity.
Remember the second Psalm? Before time began, the Father said to the Son “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance…”. Even on earth, the Messiah bathed himself in prayer. And the conversation continues in heaven.
So what’s God “praying” about now, what’s His heart-cry, His deepest desire?
PEOPLE. God converses about lost people. There’s “more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7 NIV) And God converses about born again people. Jesus and the Holy Spirit both intercede (talk to the Father) for the church constantly.
So every time you pray in Jesus’ Name, you join that “Divine Conversation”. The Father lovingly listens, Jesus leans to his left and speaks into the Father’s ear, and the Holy Spirit intercedes from the human heart level. And then our squeaky little voices chime in.
So – how does joining that “Divine Conversation” change your prayers?