We are all children of a worldly father, but we can also, like Jesus, have an eye for the heavenly Father who is ready to come to anyone who wants to come to Him.
When we look at Jesus and his disciples, we can see what a difference approaching God or not can make. In the last hours of his life, Jesus asked his disciples to pray with him to his heavenly Father, the God of Israel.
Pray constantly.—1 Thess. 5:17.
Jesus prayed often throughout the last day of his life on earth. When he instituted the commemoration of his death, he prayed over the bread and the wine. (1 Cor. 11:23-25) Before leaving the place where they had held the Passover, he prayed with the disciples. (John 17:1-26) When he and the disciples arrived at the Mount of Olives that night, he prayed repeatedly. (Matt. 26:36-39, 42, 44) And the very last words Jesus spoke before dying were uttered in prayer. (Luke 23:46)
Through prayer, Jesus included Jehovah in every major event on that momentous day. One reason why Jesus could endure his trial was that he turned to his Father in prayer.
The apostles, on the other hand, failed to persevere in prayer that night. As a result, their courage weakened when the hour of test arrived. (Matt. 26:40, 41, 43, 45, 56) When we face trials, we will remain faithful only if we follow Jesus’ example and “pray continually.” w19.04 9 ¶4-5