Wednesday Night Recap

Friends,

Wednesday we continued our series on the prayers of Jesus with a discussion of Luke 22:39-46. Jesus prays for Himself and His disciples in the garden.

1) Why does Jesus pray that His disciples not file not fall into the time of temptation?

We agreed that when we are at our weakest we are most likely to lose faith. The disciples were tired, confused and scared. They were about to be tested in a way none of them could imagine. Jesus knows the trial that lies ahead but He also knows the victory to come. If the disciples remain faithful they will see God’s victory over sin and death.

To a man the disciples would later admit that the time of trial was nothing compared to the victory they would experience.

I believe the same is true for us. If we remain true we will discover that the difficulties of this life are not worth comparing to the glory that will be ours.

2) What does it mean to pray that God’s will be done?

Sometimes we pray for a change of circumstance and there is nothing wrong with that. God commands us to make our petitions known to Him. However, we must remember that He knows what is best for us. In the end we must place our fate and the fate of those we love in His hands.

Next week Mark 11:20-26. Consider the following questions:

1) Why do we sometimes not receive what we ask for?

2) What does forgiveness have to do with prayer?

See you Wednesday.

John

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