7/17/2005 ~ When The Lord Prayed

During trials ...

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, ...
~ Matthew 26:36-46

Some do not regard things as a trial.

Many trials we face alone
One can go to the Lord in prayer for strength.
Many times we worry more than taking action.
Jesus God is faith, steadfastness, our sanctuary.

... Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21-25

We are to follow Jesus in times of trial.
Many things are written as an example.
When the Lord was troubled, He prayed.
Praying or talking to God is a responsibility.

... but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, ...
~ Philippians 4:6

Don't let the cares of this life or world overwhelm you.

Allow the Lord to work His will.
-> There is a watchfulness of prayer.
Jesus asks His disciples to stay awake.
We need to be watchful in overwhelming trials.

... they went out to the Mount of Olives. ~ Matthew 26:30

Take time.

... "Sit here while I go and pray over there." ~ Matthew 26:36

Take time alone.

We need to make the effort to be with God.
The disciples were not spiritualy alert or watchful.
How do you value God's commands?
~ Do we hear the value after being told?

He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, ... ~ Matthew 26:39

Faith and focus is doing God's will.

... Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. ... ~ Matthew 26:40-41

Prayer helps strengthen us.
~ Trust, hear and act according to His will.

... not what I will, but what You will." ~ Mark 14:36

We must stay faithful in our focus.
Give disbelievers a little of the word at a time.

... yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. ...
~ Hebrews 5:7-9

... "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; ...
~ Matthew 26:39

Obedience in prayer; Pray not in doubt.

... But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, ... ~ James 1:5-6

Obeying God's will is always right and will acomplish great things.

... now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation ...
~ Philippians 2:12

If you have conscience one is troubled by wrong doing.
~ Obedience encourages us to obey.

... nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." ~ Matthew 26:39

Jesus was ready to serve.

... if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done."
~ Matthew 26:42

... and prayed the third time, saying the same words. ~ Matthew 26:44

Jesus had a readiness to endure.

... be transformed by the renewing of your mind, ... ~ Romans 12:1-2

... not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; ...
~ Romans 12:11

... "If your enemy is hungery, feed him; ..." ~ Romans 12:20

Continual frequency of prayer.
└─> Agony did not reduce His prayer.
└─> Increased its urgency.

Don't forget to pray when times are good.

"... today you will be with Me in Paradise." ~ Luke 23:43

... will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7

Prayer helps us stay on course.

... Be at peace among yourselves. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:13

... looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, ...
~ Hebrews 12:1-3

Jesus never grew tired of prayer until He was delivered.

... praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, ...
~ Ephesians 6:18-21

We must pray for strength.
We must not grow tired.

... that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: ... ~ Luke 18:1-8

... How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? ...
~ Psalm 4:1-8

... Because He poured out His soul unto death, ...~ Isaiah 53:1-12

How much do you pray?