If Jesus was God, how could He pray to God? Was Jesus praying to Himself?

By July 24, 2015 17 Comments

Answer: To understand Jesus as God on earth praying to His Father in heaven, we need to realize that the eternal Father and the eternal Son had an eternal relationship before Jesus took upon Himself the form of a man. Please read John 5:19-27, particularly verse 23 where Jesus teaches that the Father sent the Son (also see John 15:10). Jesus did not become the Son of God when He was born in Bethlehem. He has always been the Son of God from eternity past, still is the Son of God, and always will be.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us that the Son was given and the Child was born. Jesus was always part of the tri-unity, along with the Holy Spirit. The tri-unity always existed, the Father God, the Son God, and the Spirit God, not three gods, but one God existing as three persons. Jesus taught that He and His Father are one (John 10:30), meaning that He and His Father are of the same substance and the same essence. The Father, Son and Spirit are three co-equal persons existing as God. These three had, and continue to have, an eternal relationship.
When Jesus, the eternal Son of God, took upon Himself sinless humanity He also took on the form of a servant, giving up His heavenly glory (Philippians 2:5-11). As the God-man, He had to learn obedience (Hebrews 5:8) to His Father as He was tempted by Satan, accused falsely by men, rejected by His people, and eventually crucified. His praying to His heavenly Father was to ask for power (John 11:41-42) and wisdom (Mark 1:35, 6:46). His praying showed His dependence upon His Father in His humanity to carry out His Father’s plan of redemption, as evidenced in Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. His praying demonstrated that He ultimately submitted to His Father’s will, which was to go to the cross and pay the penalty (death) for our breaking God’s law (Matthew 26:31-46). Of course, He rose bodily from the grave, winning forgiveness and eternal life for those who repent of sin and believe in Him as the Savior.
There is no problem with God the Son praying or talking to God the Father. As mentioned, they had an eternal relationship before Christ became a man. This relationship is depicted in the Gospels so we can see how the Son of God in His humanity carried out His Father’s will, and in doing so, purchased redemption for His children (John 6:38). Christ’s continual submission to His heavenly Father was empowered and kept focused through His prayer life. Christ’s example of prayer is ours to follow.
Jesus Christ was no less God on earth when praying to His Father in heaven. He was depicting how even in sinless humanity it is necessary to have a vital prayer life in order to do His Father’s will. Jesus’ praying to the Father was a demonstration of His relationship within the Trinity and an example for us that we must rely on God through prayer for the strength and wisdom we need. Since Christ, as the God-man, needed to have a vibrant prayer life, so should the follower of Christ today.


  • Henry C. Rey says:

    You have been very religious..That’s the way to live a happy life. The essence of life is love, compassion, humanity, sincerity and fidelity.

  • Kathy Lopez says:

    Christ has two natures. One is the God nature one is the human nature. It is called the Hypostatic Union, which is a mystery.We won’t understand this until we are in Heaven. I ask Jesus to be Merciful to me a sinner, because I want to be in Heaven after this life.

  • jacinta says:

    It is a mystery that cannot be explained by any mortal no matter what he or she claim to be.

  • Haries Sankaradhas says:

    Jesus is the way of life. So He wanted to tell us, by praying, that we should pray as He prayed in all circumstances – that is the way of life.

  • Shira says:

    What a load of crap this is! An insult to G’d! He doesn’t need a son…

    • Joan says:

      He doesn’t need a son and never has. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are one God. (A Triune God) Why is Jesus mentioned 25 times in the Holy Koran and Muhammed only 6? Why does The Holy Koran say that Jesus is the Word of God and the Spirit of God? Because He Is GOD. A loving, forgiving and understanding God who wants to have a personal relationship with you, one of His beloved creations! He sent part of Himself to take a human form through the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Miriam in the Holy Koran – the only woman mentioned in the Koran and several times at yhat, in fact, there is a section named after her!) and to sacrifice His human life, as a person who was totally sinless and the only sacrifice God the Father would accept to bridge the gap between sinful man and Himself.(since Adam and Eve committed the first sin) God Bless You.

    • jimmy says:

      Read your bible look up the scriptures,

    • victormusara says:

      Yes God does not need a Son, for he is God the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit,; one God forever and ever. The Holy Trinity which we can not explain since it is a mystery, and so Jesus blesses us for believing in such; that which we do not see. We should note that Jesus identifies himself as God in the Bible, saying, “He who has seen me has seen The Father” however this seems to be contradicted later when he was about to ascend into Heaven. He told His disciples that He was going to send them the Holy Spirit and asked them to remain faithful till his return. #He said he will return soon, like a thief. He said even He Himself does not know the day and time when he will return, only The Father knows# So one who does not believe in the Holy Trinity will continue to ponder, wander; and wonder about this forever and ever till light dawns upon him.

  • vodie says:

    how can god pray himself, to who he will pray?.its so clear that Jesus was messenger of god, nothing else.and its so easy and clear to understand by the words of Jesus peace be upon him ,by saying;touch me so you can feel that i am by flash and bones ,and another saying;where Jesus says;look i am eating fish.i am just write with good to all find the true

  • Joan says:

    Vodie, please see my reply to Shira. The Holy Koran mentions Jesus by name almost 5 times as often as Muhammed himself. The Holy Koran says that Jesus is both the Spirit of God and the Word of God. Jesus’ mother, the Virgin Mary (Miriam in the Holy Koran and noted also to have been a virgin there as well – meaning she gave birth having never had physical relations with a man) is the only woman mentioned in the Holy Koran and she even has a section named after her. Does this not seem odd to you if he was just a prophet? I urge you to read up on this and prayerfully consider what that means. God does love you more yanyou can imagine. Bless you!

    • Kate Love says:

      Joan im with u. To start with Jesus wasnt crucified as God he was in his human nature dats why he cried to God who has forsaken him at dat tim cos having taken our nature he was sin. And Gof abhor sin. Remember he also went to hell as a human not God

  • Darren says:

    I hope you can answer questions using the bible as the answer and not your own word. Let the bible justify the answer so we know that it came from GOD and not mans answer. All mans questions are answerable in the bible we don’t need mans interpretation for most of the time they make mistakes. Hopping. Thanks.

  • Eric E. says:

    In God we see the Father—the “being one” and first principal of life in the Godhead—the Son—the “knowing one”—the Word who proceeds from the Father—and the Holy Spirit—the “willing one”—the bond of love between the Father and Son who proceeds as love from the Father and Son. These “three” do not “equal” one if we are trying to say 3=1 mathematically. These three are distinct realities, relationally speaking, just as my own being, knowing, and willing are three distinct realities in me. Yet, in both God and man these three relationally distinct realities subsist in one being.
    As St. Augustine points out, we can never know God or understand God completely through this or any analogy, but it can help us to understand how you can have relational distinctions within one being. And we can see this is reasonable.
    The weakness inherent here—there are weaknesses in all analogies with reference to God—is that our knowing, being, and willing are not each infinite and co-extensive as the persons of God are. They subsist in one being in us, but they are not persons.
    When we think of a family, we can see how a father, mother, and child can be distinct persons and yet possess the same nature (human), just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct persons who each possess the same nature (divine).
    The weakness, of course, is that in God each person possesses the one infinite and immutable divine nature, and is therefore, one being. Our analogous family consists of three beings. Again, no analogy is perfect.
    But in the end, if we combine our two analogies, we can at least see both how there can be three relationally distinct realities subsisting within one being in the anthropological analogy, and how there can be three relationally distinct persons who share the same nature in the analogy of the family.
    -Tim Staples

  • n Genesis it is written ‘Let us make man into our image” it iswritten in plural form, showing that Christ Jesus was with the Lord G-d at the beginning of creation. as \John in his gospel also explains chapter one verse 10 :”In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with G-d and is G-d” Christ took on human form, so that he now having beome our faithfull High priest,having been raised from the dead, is able to relate to us when we come near the throne of mercy to ask for forgiveness, strenght through trials and temptations, as He suffered rejection, being tempted by satan and knows our infirmaties, Therefore He intercedes for us when we ask In Christ Name and the Lord G-d forgives us our trespasses, strenghtens us through \His holy spirit, solely for the sake of Christ redeeming work at Calvary, We are saved by grace not of works unless anyone would boast.

    • Darren says:

      Why is every one here even the admin always answers in/with their own interpretation. Just kindly justify all answers with the bible. Let me read it in the bible that Jesus is God. Is there any verse that say so… Or just interpretation of man.

  • Mark says:

    Jesus most definitely is not God. The bible explains specifically that the Father is the only true God. (John 17:1,3). If Jesus was God then it means that God died for 3 days. I don’t understand how a God can die.

    • eltrion says:

      To Mark:
      Jesus was born in the physical human being, it means that He was as Spiritual being took human physical form. This was how the Angel Gabriel explained to Mary: Luke 1:35 (ESV) And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
      So, consequently, when His Soul departed from His physical body for 3 days, people called it ‘died’.
      Soul or Spiritual being can’t die. This was how Jesus explained: Luke 20:36, 38 (ESV) for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
      Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”
      No creature can put Jesus to death, but He himself gave His Soul to fulfill the Will of His Father, John 10:17-18 (ESV) For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.
      No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
      And about John 17:1,3… why skipping verse 2?

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