Begin your time with God in prayer.
Begin your time with praise to God. Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him. Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.
Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.
"36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.” Matthew 26:36-46
How did Jesus model persistently pursuing God (39, 42, 44)?
How did Jesus close every prayer (39, 42, 44)?
As Jesus surrendered Himself to God’s will, what was He able to do (45-46)?
Apply God’s Word to your life.
· Take a few minutes and think about Jesus’ time of prayer in the garden.
· For what do you need to persistently pursue God in prayer?
· Surrender it to God’s will.
Verses to Meditate on:
Father, I can’t imagine what it was like to hear Your Son repeatedly ask if the cross could be removed. Thank you both for loving me to such an extent that You would go through that for me. Help me to persistently pursue You and Your will. Help me persistently pray for those on my “Pray for 10” list. Amen.
Posted on Thu, February 5, 2015
by Sam Petitfils