08 Oct Victory Through Prayers
Victory Through Prayers
Verses to read:
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!”
1. Even Jesus struggled…
- Revealed His humanity.
- Implies how heavy the sin of all humanity is, and how important Christ’s redemption work is.
2. In His struggles, Jesus came before God in prayer.
1) Prayer is the secret to victorious faith living.
2) Importance of “concentrated” prayers.
- Lead to change in life direction.
- Especially for important matters and when faced with crises/problems.
- Bring about stronger resolve, not just passing casual conviction.
3) The most blessed prayer: “Not as I will, but as You will” <v39, 42>.
- Jesus didn’t struggle till God gives Him what He wanted, but Jesus struggled till He submitted to God’s will.
- Changes happen during prayer:
***<v39> “if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me” ⇔ <v42> “if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.
- Prayer = Spiritual battle (tug of war between ours and God’s will)
- Note: Jesus already knew God’s will, but He (Jesus) still stated His (Jesus’) preference boldly.
- Yet, despite stating His wish, Jesus’ ultimate response was “not my will, but Yours”.
4) Find strength after prayer.
- What happens during prayers, if we pray rightly?
***Heart and mind change → know perfect will → battle till able to submit → receive power →see fulfillment of God’s perfect will
5) Whether or not we get what we want, God certainly hears our prayers!
- <Heb 5:7> “Jesus offered up prayers…to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.”
- God heard and answered Jesus, though not by sparing Jesus’ life but by raising Him from the death.
- This is classic example of a prayer not answered in the way desired by the person praying, yet there is no fault in the person.
3. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” <v41>.
- Our “future” failure is because of our “present” failure.
- Prayer is concrete action against temptations.
- Difference between “being tempted” and “falling into temptations”.
- When we are watching out, we become more aware, more sensitive.
- Satan’s main objective behind temptations: Stop us from carrying cross.
- “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” should not be an excuse, but motivation to pray.
- Win over devil’s temptations by prayer and God’s truth.
How do you usually cope when you have struggles?
Have you done concentrated prayers before? What occasion prompted that prayer? How has such prayer benefitted you?
Share how God ever helped you give up your will and surrender to His through prayers. Have you experienced being transformed during prayer itself?
Which areas are you more easily tempted? Describe your battle with temptations? (Are you motivated to fight it? Any prevention plans before it strikes? What usually help you from falling?)