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Don’t You Know I Could Pray?

As I ponder the last days of Jesus’ life, there’s one phrase that gets me every time. Jesus is surrounded by a Roman cohort, the temple big wigs, and his own disciples. Melee breaks out. Swords clash and ears fly (OK - ear flies.)

Jesus looks at Peter and tells him to put away the sword. Then He asks Peter one of the most significant and telling questions of His ministry (and He has asked a lot of questions!)

Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? - Matthew 26:53 NASB

Or as I like to translate it - “Don’t you know I could pray?”

In all of Jesus’ healing ministry one thing is lacking - He never prayed for the sick. He took authority over sickness and disease. There were times when He looked to heaven and thanked His Father for what the He was about to do. But Jesus never made an appeal to heaven in the working of a miracle.

It’s not that He didn’t pray though. The way I understand it from Jesus words, He spent time with the Father daily—went off early and often to pray and be alone with the Father. In His time in communion with Abba, the Father would show Him things Jesus would face that day, or in the future, and Jesus would submit to the Father’s priorities. Every day Jesus answered the call afresh and anew—Here am I, send me!

In fact, He had just spent three hours appealing to the Father, and received the resounding “NO” of heaven. He was coming out of the very first prayer He had ever uttered that God denied.

"My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." - Matthew 26:39 NASB

Yet this does not change His confidence. He knew that He knew that a single request—one simple petition—would bring all of heaven to His defense.

I don’t pray like that. My heart doesn’t rise up and say, “Don’t you know I could pray?”

But it should.

Why shouldn’t I have the same confidence in my heavenly Father. Why, when faced with seeming impossibility, don’t I look it in the eye and tell that old liar, “Back off! Don’t you know I could pray?”

I repent!

Lord, from this day, I ask You to forgive my prayerlessness and help me know the Father as You know Him. Grant me the place of prayer. Give me confidence in the power of prayer. Give me the boldness to stand up and say, “Don’t you know I could pray?”

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Walk in the light,

Ben

10 thoughts on “Don’t You Know I Could Pray?

  1. Sue C.

    Good article. Also I'm reading your book and thoroughly enjoying it. I love the way you tell the story, even with your "stretches." It makes it fun to read and yet you nail the message.

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  2. Cheryl McGrath

    Oh yes, to have that depth of communion with the Father, that oneness that brings such absolute confidence in who we are in Him. "Don't you know I can pray?" .....and yet He didn't. Who can fathom such depth of love and commitment, to the Father and to us. Glory!

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    1. Ben

      Yes - that's probably the biggest deal of all - He didn't use His position and power to circumvent the Father's wonderful plan. Thanks for coming by Cheryl!

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    1. Ben

      Thanks Jen - I was thinking of you the other day - My father-in-law graduated to heaven a couple weeks ago, and so we were digging through pictures. I found some of our road trip. What a great experience that was.

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      1. Michael Drake

        Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
        That is why He has given us a pray language. Praise His Holy Name.

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  3. JE Lillie

    This is powerful Ben. It is a thing God has been dealing with me on much of late. Our authority in Christ is much greater than most of us reckon.

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