Consider, then, for a moment, how precious the prayers of Jesus are, as bringing Him very near to us in His true manhood. There are deep and mysterious truths involved, with which we do not meddle now. But there are also plain and surface truths, which are very helpful and blessed. We thank God for the story of His weariness when He sat on the well and of His slumber when, worn out with a hard day’s work, He slept on the hard wooden pillow in the stern of the fishing boat among the nets and the litter. It brings Him near to us when we read that He thirsted, and nearer still when the immortal words fall on our wondering ears: “Jesus wept.” But, even more precious than these indications of His true participation in physical needs and human emotion is the great evidence of His prayers – that He, too, lived a life of dependence, of communion, and of submission, that, in our religious lives, as in all our lives, He is our pattern and forerunner. As the Epistle to the Hebrews puts it, He shows that He is not ashamed to call us brethren by this: that He, too, avows that He lives by faith, by His life – and surely, pre-eminently by His prayers, declares: “I will put My trust in Him.” We cannot think of Christ too often or too absolutely as the object of faith and as the hearer of our cries. But we may, and some of us do, think of Him too seldom as the pattern of faith and as the example for our devotion. We should feel Him a great deal nearer us, and the fact of His manhood would not only be grasped more clearly by orthodox believers, but would be felt in more of its true tenderness if we gave more prominence in our thoughts to that picture of the praying Christ. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Luke 11.1.