Lk.5:16,17 – But Jesus often slipped away from them and went into the wilderness to pray….And the power of the Lord God surged through him to instantly heal.
The humility of Christ is seen again and again in His humanity. In today’s verse we see the Son of God in prayer. Think about the implications of this. Jesus is the Creator. He is the sovereign ruler ruling the universe with His word. He is all knowing as well as all powerful. In His humanity He apparently gave up these attributes and found Himself as a man totally dependent on His Father. He would pray for guidance, strength to overcome temptation, power to perform miracles, for guidance, and even for His daily provision. We see in Christ the necessity of prayer as well as the power of prayer. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on this passage.
“We read about Jesus praying eight times in Luke’s Gospel. (1) At his baptism Jesus prayed and the heavens were opened, revealing his sonship. Jesus asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit to strengthen him for his wilderness temptations (3:21-23). (2) Jesus prayed in solitude, and miracles broke loose in his ministry (5:16-17). (3) Jesus prayed all night before he chose his twelve companions (6:12-16). (4) Jesus prayed for his apostles to receive the full revelation of who he is (9:18-22). (5) When Jesus was about to be glorified in splendor on the mountain, he prayed, and his face glowed with a flashing light (9:28-29). (6) Jesus prayed that he would be an example to every one of his disciples (11:1). (7) Jesus prayed for Peter’s restoration and future ministry (22:31-32). (8) Jesus prayed in Gethsemane for strength and glory as the terrors of Calvary lay before him (22:41-46).”
The prayer ministry of Jesus of Nazareth did not end at the end of His life. Today, Jesus of Nazareth continues in prayer. He is now the Heavenly Intercessor praying on my behalf before His Father. He serves as my Advocate before the Father representing me as my sacrifice for sins. I often think about the prayers of Jesus in heaven and how they relate to the prayers of the Holy Spirit on earth. When we pray in the Spirit the Holy Spirit literally prays through us and for us. Knowing the unity of the trinity, I have a feeling these are echoing the prayers of Jesus in heaven.