Perhaps we have no better chance to learn about prayer than when we see God Himself pray. I hope you will take time to look at Mark 14:32-39 and John 17 sometime this week. One passage shows us Jesus praying to the Father in the Upper Room with the disciples and the other show us Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before His crucifixion. I believe these Scriptures teach us some great principles for our own prayer life.
One day while Jesus was in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish feasts, He took a trip to the local pool (John 5:1-15). Now usually when we think of a pool, we think of recreational swimming in cool refreshing water. The pool called Bethesda was not that kind of pool. Bethesda means house of mercy. This pool might have been more aptly described as a house of misery. Instead of healthy people wearing swimsuits and catching rays, the people around this pool were physically and spiritually broken. John described them as “a multitude of sick – blind, lame and paralyzed” (John 5:3).