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What is the Perfect Prayer?

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

Learn what the perfect prayer is and how to pray it.

Learn what the perfect prayer is and how to pray it.

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” --Matthew 26:39

What the Bible Says about Praying

We know that the Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We know the Bible tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much (James 5:16). The scriptures tell us to pray about everything and worry about nothing. So, the questions are: What is the perfect prayer? and How do you pray the perfect prayer?

These are the questions that a lot of new Christians ask. If the story is told, a lot of seasoned Christians want clarity about praying the perfect prayer. You might be thinking that you have prayed all your life, but you are not sure if you have ever prayed the perfect prayer.

First of all, praying simply means communicating with God. Therefore, anytime you talk to God, it’s a prayer. However, it might not be the perfect prayer.

Prayers in the Bible

There are 650 prayers in the Bible. There are 450 recorded answers to those prayers. What happened to the other 200? There is no shelf life on prayer. There is no limitation on a prayer. Prayers don’t expire like milk, bread, or other foods.

Some prayers are still being answered that were prayed by people years ago. We are being blessed today because of the prayers our grandparents prayed for us years ago. Some prayers are yet to be answered.

The Bible records Jesus praying 25 different times during His earthly ministry. In the Bible, Paul mentions prayers 41 times. That shows that praying is important.

Types of PrayersMeaningScripture

corporate prayer

prayer in a religious group with others

Acts 2:42

individual prayer

praying alone

Matthew 26:39

intercessory prayer

interceding on behalf of others

1 Timothy 2:1

prayer of thanskgaiving

thanking God for what He has done and is about to do

Psalm 95:2-3

prayer of dedication

prayer consecrating yourself to God

Matthew 26:39

prayer of request

Asking God for something; most common prayer

Philippians 4:6

Different from Other Prayers

The perfect prayer is different from any of the above prayers. The perfect prayer is the prayer that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Jesus went to the garden on the night of His arrest with His disciples, but He went into the garden alone to pray to His Father without any distractions.

Jesus did not go to the garden to worship. He did not go to the garden to praise. He did not go into the garden to sing. He did not go to the garden to dance. He went to the garden for one reason and one reason only. He went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray a perfect prayer.

The perfect prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is so important that it is recorded in all four gospels.

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Jesus Prayed the Perfect Prayer

Jesus knew He was facing the cross, and He wanted to hear clearly that it was His Father’s will. So Jesus prayed three times the same prayer, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not my will, but thine be done (Matthew 26:39).

People say you don’t have faith if you pray the same prayer more than once. According to this particular scripture, Jesus prayed the same prayer not once, not twice but three times.

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Jesus prayed so fervently that sweat like drops of blood fell from His face. During His earthly ministry, Jesus prayed 25 prayers in the Bible, but not one of them was like this prayer. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed the perfect prayer when He was about to face the most difficult situation of His earthly life.

Jesus did receive an answer to His perfect prayer. That’s why He could endure what happened to Him on the cross. He had gotten clearance from His Father. He went to the cross with His Father’s blessings. He went to the cross because He saw us on the other side.

Praying Like Jesus

Sometimes it is good to pray with your family. Sometimes it is good to pray with your friends. But there are those times when you need to be alone and pour out your heart to God all by yourself.

Like Jesus, there are times when we, too, need to go to Gethsemane; not to worship God; not to praise; not to sing; not to dance but ONLY to pray because that’s the reason Jesus went to Gethsemane, and it is the only time recorded in the Bible that He did go there.

If you are really serious about praying to God for a breakthrough, then leave the crowd behind and go to the Garden of Gethsemane. Be willing to say like Jesus, “Father, not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).

The perfect prayer is also a prayer of relinquishment. That is when you give up your will and leave everything up to God. You stop telling Him what you want and leave everything up to the one who knows what's best for you.

Please join me in praying that perfect prayer: “Father, not my will, but thine be done.” Amen

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 21, 2017:

I am glad we have connected on HubPages. I believe we can learn a lot from each other! Shalom, my HubPages friend!

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 20, 2017:

What an enlightening sermon your congregation had, my friend and sister. I meant to share in my last post: spiritually, I believe God gave us singing as a ladder to climb up to Heaven in praise and shake the foundations of what binds us on Earth. I love to raise my hands, like you talked about as a "praying position," and let the Lord know I love Him. Thank you again.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 20, 2017:

Tim Truzy, thanks again for reading and commenting on my article. That is an actual sermon I preached. The congregation loved it. I like to post my sermons because they are evergreen, and people can still benefit from them long after the benediction and the church doors have closed.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on October 20, 2017:

My intention was to read your article on peppers; however, the spirit stopped me on this beautiful composition. The "perfect prayer" is what all Christians want to achieve when we approach Our Lord. This is wonderful guidance. Thank you. .

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 05, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your insights on the perfect prayer, as well as the many important aspects of prayer. I'm taking this: "There is no shelf life on a prayer." Well said!

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