Jesus Constantly Prays to God the Father and Not to Himself

Collected by Zia H Shah MD

The Church of Mary Magdalene

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22: 39-44)

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Perhaps hundreds of examples can be cited from the Bible about Jesus praying to God the Father and not to himself, yet the Christians insist on his divinity.  Here, I have simply copied the whole of John 17 from New International Version, from Bible Gateway, in the hope that by seeing so many prayers and three headings about prayers, they may wake up from their slumber.

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17: 1-5)

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. (John 17: 6-19)

Jesus Prays for All Believers

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” (John 17: 20-26)

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The Church of Mary Magdalene (Russian: Храм Марии Магдалины, Khram Marii Magdaliny) is a Russian Orthodox church located on the Mount of Olives, near the Garden of Gethsemane in East Jerusalem.

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5 replies

  1. This is the mystery of a Trinity. Three persons, one God.

    “I and the Father are one.” ( John 10:30)

    “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also.” ( John 14:6-7)

    But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working still, and I am still working.’ This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. ( John 5:16-18)

    “Whoever hates me hates my Father also.” ( John 15:23)

    “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” ( John 10:37-38)

    “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” ( John 14:10)

    “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.” ( John 5:19-20)

    “Call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father – the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.” ( Matthew 23:9)

    “The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” ( John 5:22-23)

    “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me.” ( John 8:42)

    “All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” ( Luke 10:22)

  2. The verses that Aleksandra has quoted basically mean that Jesus, may peace be on him, is a beloved prophet of God and not his literal son. Even if he was God’s literal son, he could not be co-eternal with him.
    The Christian mystery is very mysterious, to say the least!
    Read further:
    Is Jesus a Man, a God or a Hybrid?

  3. not any more mysterious than believing that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is a Messiah…

    Jesus is not the “son” in the flesh and blood meaning, but in the relationship meaning, there is lots of literature on it, you can find it easily

    And Jesus as the “son of a man” was prophecied many times in the old testament, try the prophet Daniel 7, 13.14
    As the visions during the night continued, I saw
    one like a Son of man coming,
    on the clouds of heaven;
    when he reached the Ancient One
    and was presented before him,
    the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
    all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
    His dominion is an everlasting dominion
    that shall not be taken away,
    his kingship shall not be destroyed.

  4. Thanks for your comment.

    Well, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad being a Messiah is no mystery. It is a metaphor, like John the Baptist was Elijah.

    We use metaphors in daily language and sometimes refer to a brave person as a lion.

    But, to meet a man, who is literally an apple and a rock at the same time as human, would be very strange, to say the least.

  5. I know what a metaphor is.

    When you refer to a brave person as a lion you call him a lion as a “generic noun”, not a specific lion. This is a metaphor.

    A promise of a Messiah was NEVER a metaphor, it was a reality to the “chosen people”. I am sorry, but I cannot see how anyone can use it as a metaphor, as it points a very specific person in the history of the world.

    A metaphor could be that someone is a “God’s child’, as we don’t come from God’s flesh and blood, yet we are loved by Him.

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