Prayer

Cathy Hurtado

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read 1 John 1:1-2.  "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched, this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us."

Apply God’s Word to your life.

John was with Jesus as He prepared to go to the cross.  He was at the Last Supper and was in the garden when Jesus prayed to His Father.  John saw Jesus completely yield to the will of the Father.  We need to take those areas in which we struggle with God’s will before God in prayer.  We need to wrestle with God in prayer until we yield to the will of God just like Jesus.

Father, I am grateful that transformation is a process because I need transformation.  I confess that I don’t take Your will as seriously as Jesus did.  When I am tempted to do my own thing, help me to bring it to You in prayer.   Help me to be like Jesus, wanting Your will above all else.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.  Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”  Luke 22:7-8

"When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.  And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”  After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you.  For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”  And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."  Luke 22:14-20

"They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them.  “Stay here and keep watch.”  Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.  “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you.  Take this cup from me.  Yet not what I will, but what you will.”… Enough! The hour has come.  Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners.  Rise!  Let us go!  Here comes my betrayer!”  Mark 14:32-36, 41-42

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