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Dependence on God
Jesus’s ministry on earth as a human was marked by a devotion to prayer. Through his prayer life, we see what it means to truly depend on God.
In The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior, author Mark Jones says:
Christ exercised, according to his human nature, faith, love, reverence, delight, and all the graces proper to a true human nature in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, he naturally would have desired to offer vocal requests and supplications to his Father in heaven. He would have also praised God with the knowledge he had of his Father. Additionally, he would have sought God out with a holy determination, making all other duties subservient to the duty of communion with God. In other words, true and proper humanity is realized only in communion with God.
In this 5-day devotional adapted from The Prayers of Jesus, examine how the prayers of Jesus recorded in the New Testament can help us imitate his example as we commune with the Father in prayer.
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