At first glance, prepositions seem to be fairly insignificant words, but they actually change the meaning of certain phrases. The phrase, “by the fence,” for example, suggests a different location than “on the fence.” Thus, we always must be careful to use the correct word to convey the exact meaning. In Pastor Ralph D. West’s sermon series entitled “Praying with Jesus: Prepositions of Prayer,” we’ll explore how Jesus prays regarding our lives. In Matthew 6:9-13, He prays with us by teaching us how to pray. Jesus prays about us in Matthew 11:25-26, during which He thanks God the Father for revealing His deity to the simple, unlearned folk. In John 12:20-29, Jesus prays beyond us by uttering a prayer that takes the long view regarding our glorious future as the church. In addition, Jesus prays for us, specifically our unity as His church, in John 17:20-26. And finally, there are times when Jesus prays without us, just as He did in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46).
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- Jesus Prays with Us (Matthew 6:8-13)
- Jesus Prays about Us (Matthew 11:25-26)
- Jesus Prays beyond Us (John 12:20-29)
- Jesus Prays for Us (John 17:20-26)
- Jesus Prays without Us (Matthew 26:36-46)
- Jesus Prays above Us (Luke 23:34, 43; John 19:26-27)