“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”

Luke 11:1

“There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting,/ There’s a place that is wondrously fair,/ For it glows with the light of His presence./ ‘Tis that beautiful garden of prayer” (Eleanor Allen Schroll, 1920). This old hymn—even just the word “garden”—produces a mental image of peace and beauty.

It is human nature to long for time in the splendor of creation. It’s why parks exist amongst all the pavement of cities. It’s why we trek out to places as majestic and impressive as Yosemite or as humbly beautiful as a backyard rose garden. In the fragrances, the stillness, the loveliness, the human soul is refreshed. Perhaps it’s why Jesus went to a garden to pray.

Whatever your “garden of prayer” is, Jesus is there with you. There in a quiet place, you share companionship. The gate is open to all who want to experience the wonder and beauty of life in the kingdom of God. Praise, thanksgiving, requests, even doubts, fears, and disappointment are part of the landscape. But the cares of life fall away in the light of His presence.




Scripture Focus

Luke 11:1-13

Insight

“Jesus left with his disciples…. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.” (John 18:1)

Bible In A Year

  • Judges 7-8
  • Psalm 112
  • 1 Corinthians 1-2