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Prayer in the Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ Outline

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

This is an outline we are working off of in our children's ministry for our elementary and middle school children. Every week we take off bite sized portions and try to explore with our children how and why and when Jesus prayed and what the results were etc. Could also be used for Bible studies for youth or adults.

I. His Example

A. Events of momentous decision in His life/ministry: His baptism – Luke 3:21; Before He started His ministry – Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-12; When being potentially distracted from His mission – Mark 1:35-38; Selection of the 12 – Luke 6:12; Mount of Transfiguration – Matt. 17, Mark 9, Luke 9:29; Last Supper – Matt. 26:27; Gethsemane – Matt. 26, Mark 14, Luke 22:39-46; On the cross – Matt. 27:46, Luke 23:34, 46.


B. Ministry to the 12: Their confession of His Messiahship – Luke 9:18; After their report of their mission – Luke 10:21; Teaching the model prayer – Luke 11:1f; Great high priestly prayer before Gethsemane – John 17:1-26; Loving concern for Peter – Luke 22:32;


C. Before Eating: Before feeding of 5,000 – Matt. 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11; Before Communion - Matt. 26:26,27, Mark 14:22f; Luke 22:17f; With Emmaus road 2 disciples - Luke 24:30;


D. Before or After Great Miracles: After healing & deliverance ministry - Mark 1:35; Before feeding of 5,000 – Matt. 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11; Before feeding of 4,000 – Matt. 15:36, Mark 8:6; Before healing of deaf-mute man – Mark 7:34; Before raising Lazarus from the dead – John 11:41; After healings & great responses of crowds – Luke 5:16; After feeding of 5,000 – Matt. 14:23, Mark 6:46;


E. For the children & His enemies: Blessing the children - Mark 10:14-16; For those who crucified Him – Luke 23:34;


F. In light of coming suffering: While talking to Greeks & His disciples -John 12:27,28; In Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 6:11,12, Luke 22:39-46; Hebrews 5:7


G. When Tragedy Struck: Matt. 14:13;


II. His Teaching:

A. The Lord’s Prayer or The Model/Disciple’s Prayer – Matt. 6:9-13, Luke 11:1-4;

B. On Praying in Secret & in Simplicity – Matt. 6:5-8

C. On Praying for your enemies – Luke 6:28

D. On Praying with Persistence and faith – Matt. 7:7,8; Luke 18:1-8

E. On Praying with Humility/Brokenness – Luke 18:9-14

F. On How Not to Pray – Luke 20:46,47

G. On Praying in Light of Coming Persecution/Suffering – Matt. 26:41; Luke 21:36

H. On the Power of Agreeing in Prayer – Matthew 18:19,20

I. On Praying with Fasting – Matthew 6:16-18

J. On Praying in Jesus’s Name and the Joy that Follows – John 16:23,2

K. On the Role of Faith in Praying Effectively – Matt. 21:21,22

L. On the Role of Abiding and Receiving – John 15:7

M. On the Role of Prayer and Fruit Bearing – John 15:16

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