Have you ever seen those pictures of Jesus praying? You know the ones, where Jesus has milky white skin and almost looks like he is a six year old child begging for another piece of chocolate cake? Look at some of these that I found on the internet:
Or how about this one where Jesus seems to be either sending His powers to the earth or praying to the earth:
Or how about this one where an angel seems to give “poor Jesus” a reassuring pat on the shoulders:
The problem with these images of Jesus in prayer is that they do not accurately portray the current reality. Almost all of the artwork I can find about Jesus in prayer tries to capture the moment of Jesus in the garden on the night of His arrest. But they fail to capture the reality of Romans 8.34, 1 John 2.1, or Hebrews 7.25 where Jesus is praying even today, behind the curtain (Hebrews 7.20) and sitting at the right hand of the Majesty (Hebrews 1.3). The current prayer posture of Jesus is not the weak, helpless position of a struggling human begging God to do something. Instead, the current prayer posture of Jesus is the exalted Savior with a Name Above All Names, the Heir of all things.
So, how effective do you think the prayers of Jesus on your behalf are? How might that encourage you today?