Why did Jesus pray?
This seems like a strange thing that Jesus, who was with God and who is God according to John 1, would need to pray. This is one of the stumbling blocks to the Jehovah Witnesses. They would say that if Jesus was also God, then was He praying to Himself? Of course the answer to this is no. Jesus was praying to the Father. This is why He taught us to pray by saying Our Father…
One thing that we forget so often is that Jesus, though He was God, came to this Earth as a man. He did not come to this Earth as God, but as a man in the form of Adam in order to undo what Adam had done in the first place in the Garden of Gethsemane. As a man, Jesus, like us, needed help. He was led into the desert where He was tempted by Satan, and after this period of temptation was finished, angels came to Him and gave Him comfort.
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. (NIV)
In the Garden of Gethsemane as He struggled with the coming events including the floggings, betrayals, and the crucifixion, angels gave him strength to keep praying:
“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. (NIV)
We might also wonder why Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, but we see the Holy Spirit descend on Him at his baptism. The point is that Jesus came to live on this Earth with the same faculties that you and I have. His life reveals to us the potential in us if we will submit to the will of God more earnestly and consistently. But it also reveals to us that for us to be able to do what God has called us to do, we need to pray. If Jesus needed to pray to be able to deal with life, find strength and power, how much more do we need to pray and seek God.
One of the greatest lies the Devil has ever spread is that we don’t need our daily time in prayer. Jesus needed it and I suppose we do too.