Summary: The first time scripture refers to Jesus praying is at His baptism.
Text - “Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased”.
This is the first reference to prayer in connection with the life of Jesus. He was 30 years old when this incident took place. Notice the results of His prayer. There was:
1. A SPLIT
“the heaven was opened”.
Prayer opens heaven. So does giving - read Malachi 3:10.
2. A SIGHT
“the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him”.
Jesus had His personal Pentecost. We need ours too.
3. A SOUND
“a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased”.
Three times the Father bore witness to the Son. On each occasion Jesus was or had been praying. God is well pleased when His children pray.
Notice Luke’s emphasis on prayer. Of the gospel writers only he mentions that these things happened while Jesus was praying. Great things happen to us and to others when we are praying!
What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy seat;
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there.
Have you no words? Ah, think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.
Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To Heav’n in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,
“Hear what the Lord has done for me.”
William Cowper (1731-1800)