The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior

By Mark Jones

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The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior

By Mark Jones

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“If your soul is dry and your prayers are dead, here is living water to revive and refresh you.”

David Murray

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. Examining all of Jesus’s prayers recorded in the New Testament, this book reflects on the content and structure of the Son of God’s words to his Father— helping us imitate his example as we commune with our heavenly Father as adopted sons and daughters in Christ.

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Mark Jones

Mark Jones (PhD, Leiden Universiteit) serves as the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in British Columbia, Canada. He has authored many books, including Living for God and God Is, and speaks all over the world on Christology and the Christian life. Mark and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 8.72 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6281-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6281-5
ISBN-UPC: 9781433562815
Case Quantity: 48
Published: February 28, 2019

Table of Contents

Introducing Our Praying Lord

  1. Jesus Prayed from His Mother’s Breasts (Psalm 22:9–10)
  2. Jesus Prayed “Abba! Father” (John 17:1)
  3. Jesus Prayed in Secret (Luke 5:16)
  4. Jesus Prayed the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)
  5. Jesus Prayed Joyfully in the Spirit (Luke 10:21)
  6. Jesus Prayed Knowing He Would Be Heard (John 11:41–42)
  7. Jesus Prayed for His Father’s Glory (John 12:27–28)
  8. Jesus Prayed for His Own Glory (John 17:1)
  9. Jesus Prayed concerning Eternal Life (John 17:1–2)
  10. Jesus Prayed for Us to Know God and Himself (John 17:3)
  11. Jesus Prayed for the Glory He Had Before the World Existed (John 17:4–5)
  12. Jesus Prayed concerning God’s Self–Disclosure (John 17:6–8)
  13. Jesus Prayed for the Elect to Glorify Him (John 17:9–10)
  14. Jesus Prayed That the Father Would Protect the Church (John 17:11–12)
  15. Jesus Prayed for His Disciples To Be Joyful (John 17:13)
  16. Jesus Prayed for His Disciples in the World (John 17:14–16)
  17. Jesus Prayed for His Disciples to Be Sanctified (John 17:17–19)
  18. Jesus Prayed for Church Unity (John 17:20–21)
  19. Jesus Prayed for Us to Receive His Glory (John 17:22–23)
  20. Jesus Prayed for His People to Be with Him (John 17:24)
  21. Jesus Prayed with Confidence (John 17:25–26)
  22. Jesus Prayed in Great Distress (Mark 14:32–34)
  23. Jesus Prayed for Deliverance (Mark 14:35–36)
  24. Jesus Prayed for His Enemies (Luke 23:34)
  25. Jesus Prayed with a Loud Cry (Mark 15:34)
  26. Jesus Prayed His Final Prayer (Luke 23:46)

General Index
Scripture Index


“This is a book primarily about Jesus and secondarily about prayer. That is reflected in the subtitle Listening to and Learning from Our Savior. Jones guides us in listening to the prayers of Jesus for what they tell us about Jesus, and then what they tell us about prayer. Think of it as a Christology viewed through the lens of Jesus’s prayers. Jones’s purpose is much deeper than just drawing principles of prayer from the prayers of Jesus; he takes us into a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us, and then applies that to the prayer life of the believer in Christ.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and John H. Powell Endowed Chair of Pastoral Ministry, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; Praying the Bible; and Family Worship

“Mark Jones has done it again. He distills the beauty, majesty, and mystery of Jesus into accessible and transformative food for the soul. No other writer today says so much about Christ in such profound, readable, provocative, and rich ways. The humanity, vulnerability, authority, and glory of our Lord jump out of every page. Read this book.”
Dan MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Grace Toronto Church

“What a wonderful idea—to access the person and work of our Savior through his prayers. The result is a beautiful and soul-satisfying book that will not only teach you more about Jesus but also teach you how to pray. If your soul is dry and your prayers are dead, here is living water to revive and refresh you.”
David Murray, author, Reset and Exploring the Bible; coauthor, A Christian’s Guide to Mental Illness

“In offering us a profoundly theological explanation of why our great God and Savior Jesus Christ needed to pray to his Father in the power of the Holy Spirit, Mark Jones gives us inspiration to do the same. With the assistance of some of the great Puritans of the past, and often poignantly written, The Prayers of Jesus is a bold and biblical exploration of this much-neglected topic.”
Lee Gatiss, Director, Church Society; author, The Forgotten Cross

“Christians with an appetite for knowing Jesus will find a feast in The Prayers of Jesus. Mark Jones serves up the finest in devotional food, teaching us how to come to the Father by observing the prayer life of his Son. I heartily commend not only the bite-size chapters but also Jones’s meaty historical and theological introduction.”
Chad Van Dixhoorn, Professor of Church History and Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“Few living voices have proved as trustworthy on Christology as Mark Jones. And appropriately, Jones is not just a scholar but also a pastor. Watch as the nuance and care of a scholar’s treatment of Christology takes on the heart and practical concerns of a pastor. As heaven kissed earth in the incarnation, so here Christology forms and fills the everyday life of faith, as we learn the most basic and beautiful of devotional acts from the Master, who is both holy God and fellow man. I’m not aware of another book quite like this remarkable study.”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor,; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

“Prayer, it has been said, reveals the truth of who we are. The prayers of Jesus, then, allow us to clearly see our Lord for who he truly is. From beginning to end, this is a book about Jesus. And so, for the Christian reader, this is also a delightful book—one in which every page invites us to know Christ more intimately. Read and be blessed.”
Megan Hill, pastor’s wife; author, A Place to Belong; Managing Editor, The Gospel Coalition