Sweet Hour of Prayer (40 by 30 inches, oil on canvas on panel)
“The praying Christ: That is the example to which we are to point others. The Christ of humility. The Christ of spiritual communion. The Christ who is dependent upon his Father. The Christ who asks for blessings upon others. The Christ who calls down the power of heave. The Christ who submits, yields, and obeys the will of the Father. The Christ who is one with the Father in at least one way that we may be united with him as well—Through prayer. That is the light we are to show to the world. It is the image of Christ.” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, January 1996. 19)
Prayer has always been efficacious in my life. I wanted this painting to reflect that prayer was a priority in the Savior’s life. The scripture reference is Mark 1:35. Jesus was in Capernaum where he healed many that were sick of many divers diseases.
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
In April Conference of 2003, Elder Russel M. Nelson gave a talk entitled, “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” He concluded this address with the following hymn: