“While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God.” Heb 5:7
The subject of prayer is at the heart of every believer because it is the main channel of our communication to our God. We all desire to pray; more than that, we desire to be heard, and to receive answers to our prayer.
Our Key verse points out to us the secret behind Jesus’ prayers while on earth. We have often wondered what it is that Jesus did that we are not doing. He prayed all nights. We do all nights too. He withdrew or retreated from people to be alone with His Father. We do so too. Is God selective or have favorites when it comes to prayer?
No. Scripture confirms and affirms that God shows no favoritism (Jam 2).
We have an open invitation to draw near the throne of grace with a conscience sprinkled and cleansed by the blood of Christ.. With a heart that isn’t crying out against us, condemning us. We have the promise that we will receive grace to help us in our time of need ( Heb 10: 19-22) Now that’s a promise! We know that God is faithful, and His word is sure. Whenever we draw near to God in prayer, we want to be heard, and subsequently, to receive answers.
The Bible says conclusively that God heard Christ’s prayers *because of His deep reverence for God* (Heb 5:7).
It doesn’t say that God heard His prayers because He was God’s Son, or went about doing good, or even because Jesus wanted to please His Father in all things; or because of any other thing. Nope. The only reason given is that Jesus had *deep reverence* for God!
Reverence has been defined as
*”A strong feeling of respect and admiration for someone or something“*.
Jesus never clung to His entitlement as a Son or an heir, though indeed He was. He wasn’t careless or playing familiarity games with the Presence of God. He never took His relationship with His God and Father for granted. And not even for the fact that He was indeed equal with God. This is what Phil 2:5 ff is all about:
*Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a slave, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!*( Phil 2:5-7).
Jesus, though a Son, took the nature of a servant; “duolos”, a slave. Yes, He was God’s Son by position, but in nature, He was a servant! Waiting for His Master’s orders, not declaring or decreeing, or naming and claiming.
We need that Christlike attitude if we want our prayers to be heard and answered. When we are broken, we come before God’s throne with contrite hearts.
We should also desist from thinking that because we have become children of God, we can be careless in our approach to God. Reverence for God is the secret of getting God’s ear.
We are to drop that attitude of entitlement and adopt this same humble and reverent attitude of Christ.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen