442 before Peter’s confession of him as ‘the Christ of God’, and again that the faith of the chief of the apostles may not fail when tempted. Jesus’ prayer before the events of salvation that the Father has asked him to fulfil is a humble and trusting commitment of his human will to the loving will of the Father. 2601 ‘He was praying in a certain place and when he had ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” In seeing the Master at prayer the disciple of Christ also wants to pray. By contemplating and hearing the Son, the master of prayer,


the children learn to pray to the Father.

2602 Jesus often draws apart to pray in solitude, on a mountain,


preferably at night.~6 He includes all men in his prayer, for he has

taken on humanity in his incarnation, and he offers them to the Father when he offers himself. Jesus, the Word who has become flesh, shares by his human prayer in all that ‘his brethren’ experience; he sympathizes with their weaknesses in order to free them.47 It was for this that the Father sent him. His words and works are the visible manifestation of his prayer in secret. 2603 The evangelists have preserved two more explicit prayers offered by Christ during his public ministry. Each begins with


thanksgiving. In the first, Jesus confesses the Father, acknowledges

and blesses him because he has hidden the mysteries of the Kingdom from those who think themselves learned and has revealed


them to infants, the poor of the Beatitudes. His exclamation,

‘Yes, Father!’ expresses the depth of his heart, his adherence to the


Father’s ‘good pleasure’, echoing his mother’s Fiat at the time of

his conception and prefiguring what he will say to the Father in his agony. The whole prayer of Jesus is contained in this loving adherence of his human heart to the mystery of the will of the Father.49 2604 The second prayer, before the raising of Lazarus, is recorded by St John.5° Thanksgiving precedes the event: ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me’, which implies that the Father always hears his petitions. Jesus immediately adds: ‘I know that you always hear me’, which implies that Jesus, on his part, constantly made such petitions. Jesus’ prayer, characterized by thanksgiving, reveals to us how to ask: before the gift is given, Jesus commits