THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
One little boy reflected the condition of most Christians.
He was asked, "Do you pray every night?"
He answered, "No. Some nights I don't need nuthin'!"
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Prayer is oil for the daily grind.
Prayer is necessary for closeness to the Lord.
God already knows our need before we ask.
Then why ask?
Because we may not have sufficiently given over to HIS WILL.
Notice the prayer Jesus made in The Garden of Gethsemane the night of His betrayal and arrest.
First, He prayed ALONE.
This was a prayer that only HE could pray.
He alone knew His strength, and He alone knew His weakness.
As God, He was strong enough to face anything.
But as man, His flesh crawled at the thought of such an horrendous death!
Yes, at times we need the comfort of others when we pray.
But most of our genuine concerns should be taken to God ALONE.
Second, Jesus prayed SUBMISSIVELY.
The Bible says He "fell on his face."
Humbly accepting the Servant's role, He reached for the full discerning of God's desire for Him.
Shall we not seek God's will because we are willing to do God's will?
Third, He prayed through SONSHIP.
He cried, "O my Father..."
As servants we have treacherously treated our Master with sin.
And as a result we can not pray, as Jesus did, in perfect servantship.
But we have been given adoption, and we can pray in Sonship!
Our heavenly Father will not deny His children!
Fourth, He prayed regardless of what others did.
He went a "little further!"
He went beyond what most men can do.
Applying commitment instead of strength, he stepped beyond sleep and continued faithfully in prayer.
He knew that the "spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Let us not give in to weakness, but continue in prayer.
Let us not give up even though others cease to pray!
Today, perhaps God has blessed you in such a wonderful way that you feel no need.
Then pray in THANKSGIVING and PRAISE!
Today, maybe you are facing an awful situation and need great help.
Then go alone and pray fervently, humbly, submissively.
Plead your Sonship through Christ, and be committed fully to the will of God in your life.
Prayer is your connection from the Cornerstone to the Mercy Seat!