The Prayers of Jesus

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Jesus lived His entire life in communion with God. Reference is made in the Gospels on many occasions to His withdrawal to the desert for praying. (Matt 14:13; Mk 6:32; Lk 4:42)

Jesus prayed on important occasions of His public life, some are:
before His baptism (Lk 3:21)
before the call of disciples (Lk 6:12-13)
before the Eucharistic promise (Matt 14:23
before promise of primacy to Peter (Lk 9:38)
At His transfiguration (Lk 9:28)
before & during His Passion (Matt 27:46. Lk 22:39-46)
He prayed for the Glorification of His Father (John 2:27-28)
He prayed for His apostles (John 17:6-19)
He taught us the perfect prayer - The Our Father (Matt 6:9-13)

His whole life was one of prayer and He was constantly offering worship, praise and thanksgiving to His heavenly Father. He probably recited those prayers which were commonly said by devout Jews such as:

The Shema ("Hear O Israel" recited as a creed in the morning)
The Tefillah, recited at sunrise, mid afternoon and sunset (these are eighteen benedictions) and
He was accustomed to taking part in the Sabbath day synagogue services (Lk 4:16)

These are but a few.. there are many others. What can we do to increase our prayer time? Any suggestions on how to spend the whole day in prayer? Can we in our normal dealing with people give praise to God, how? It would be great to try to spend one whole day in constant prayer and tell of the experience- what was difficult or easy to do, to concentrate, remember, distractions, etc???

Just curious.

The Shema by Loutzenhiser
John 17 by brenje1241

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