By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

I always wonder what prayer was like for Jesus. I am grateful for the many contours of prayer we see modeled by Jesus across scripture. This scene in Gethsemane, for example, is not uncommon for Jesus: he goes off a ways and without us knowing what is said to God, Jesus prays and prays and prays and prays. I love that Jesus models for us a posture of prayer in distress: he falls on his face and prays. I can’t help but think that body-bending grief does that to us, too: we have fallen on our face and prayed, tears falling down our cheeks, heart breaking, needing the comfort and nearness of God-who-is-with-us-always. May we confidently fall into prayer: wordless, tearful, grief-filled, body-bending prayer.

Let us pray:

Jesus came with them to Gethsemane and said
“Stay here while I go over there to pray”
Going on a little further, he fell on his face and prayed.
—Matthew 26:36–44

Back to School Blessing in the Memorial Garden on Sunday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. is a short worship service for students, families, teachers, and all who care for students in school and at home. Space is limited and reservations are required.