From the July/August, 2011 issue of Touchstone

The Man of Prayer by Patrick Henry Reardon

The Man of Prayer

No consideration of the Savior’s humanity is adequate, I believe, that fails to consider a simple fact, mentioned often in the Gospels: He prayed. Indeed, if we reflect that prayer is the highest human activity, we should say that his prayer reveals more about Jesus as a human being than anything else he did.

Holy Scripture conveys the impression that our Lord was fond of praying alone and out-of-doors. For instance, Mark writes of the earliest days of Jesus’ ministry: “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, he went out and departed to a solitary place; and there he prayed” (1:35). In the Greek text, that final ve . . .


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