oil on canvas
24 x 48
“Then Jesus was led up of the Spirit, into the wilderness, to be with God.” (Matthew 4:1 JST). After being baptized, Jesus sought spiritual strength by fasting for forty days in the wilderness before embarking on his mortal ministry. As in all things, Jesus showed by example, the way of finding true spiritual power, which is through prayer and fasting. The painting was also inspired by the image invoked by the Hebrew custom to wear a prayer shawl, a tallit which literally means a little tent or closet in which a person can closet oneself off from the world to commune with God. “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6, 3 Nephi 13:6)
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