The Messiah’s Ministry: Persevering Through Prayer

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Persevering Through Prayer

Matthew 26:36-46
Prayer is surrender–surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.

Jesus Shows Three Truths About Prayer:
* Troubled Prayer Is Normal
36-39 Pray when you’re upset; everyone gets upset
v36 wait with Jesus
v37 share burdens with close supporters
v38 express and share your concerns
v39 submit to God’s will

* Doubled Prayer is Helpful
40-43 Pray when you’re weak; ask for help
v40 realize that we will let each other down
v41 pray in midst of weakness
v42 let God know your desires
v43 Jesus finds us in our weakness (being weak doesn’t mean being lost)

* Stubborn Prayer Is Effective
44-46 Pray with perseverance; don’t give up
v44 be persistent in prayer
v45 be aware: the hour is at hand
v46 be “going with” Jesus

E.M. Bounds wrote, “The central significance of prayer is not in the things that happen as results, but in the deepening intimacy and unhurried communion with God at His central throne of control in order to discover a ‘sense of God’s need in order to call on God’s help to meet that need.'”

Prayer is not about getting from God; prayer is about being with God so that He can work with you.


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