Prayer Encouragement - 14th June 2021
This week we want to encourage you to persevere in prayer and reflect on what took place in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Matthew 26 36 - 46 says this:
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.
45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Lord, we want to do your will. We want to serve you to the best of our abilities. If there are areas of our lives where we are in denial about having given them over to you, show us, Lord. Show us where we would not cry out “yet not as I will, but as you will.” Even when you were overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death still you prayed your will be done again and again. Help us to be so determined to see your will come to pass that we would completely subdue our own flesh and in all situations be seeking and interceding for your will to be done. Thank you that you are still patient with us when we are not patient in prayer. We are sorry for when we have blurted out a few words and stuck an amen on the end and walked off. Lord, we pray that there would be a recognition in the church that perseverance in prayer can be uncomfortable, but it is so so necessary and that it is needed to be able to walk in your strength and power. So, we pray for that revelation of prayer this week, in our personal relationships with you and in the church.
In Jesus' name, Amen.