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Experiencing the Prayer of Jesus

Experiencing the Prayer of Jesus

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Published by Zarah Jane Lim
When we cry out in desperation to God, acknowledging the gravity of our present dilemma, the only remaining key to our victory is our obedience to the will of the Father.
When we cry out in desperation to God, acknowledging the gravity of our present dilemma, the only remaining key to our victory is our obedience to the will of the Father.

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Published by: Zarah Jane Lim on Mar 20, 2009
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06/16/2009

 
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EXPERIENCING THE PRAYER OF JESUS
Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 12-17Jesus’ Prayer: Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42; John 17:19
Objective: To understand Jesus’ most intense prayer.To have the same passion for prayer and obedience to the Father’s will as Jesus had.Main points:
 
“Abba, Father…” 
Jesus knew where to run during His darkest hour.
 
“Take this cup from me.” 
Jesus understood the intensity of what He had to go through.
 
“Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 
Jesus submitted to the will of the Father.I.
 
IntroductionThe essence of the whole Passion story is lost on most of us because of over familiarity with it. Wehear it every time. We already know what’s going to happen – that Jesus will rise again, that Hehas become victorious amidst all suffering. We tend to overlook the suffering part, the CUPwhich Jesus had to partake.Let’s put ourselves in the disciples’ shoes (or sandals!
) and try to feel what they went through thatwhole time. The story was not yet completed then. They haven’t seen yet (though Jesus alreadytold them) the resurrection of Jesus. Imagine the one you most look up to being arrested. Whatwill you feel? What will you do?II.
 
Jesus’ Prayer in Gethsemane
Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane is a very important part of the Passion story. This is where Jesus’battle really began. If He didn’t spend as much time here as He needed to, then who knowswhat would happen when He went out in the death field.
But because He strengthened Himself in prayer 
, the rest was just a road He had to go through. Victory was already with Him,because He ran to the Father, He acknowledged what He has to go through, and He submittedto the Father’s will.1.
 
“Abba,
Father…” Jesus knew where to run during His darkest hour.
-
 
Abba means
Father 
in Aramaic.-
 
The way Jesus called God “Abba” in this verse sounds differently from the way He taught the discipleshow to pray (The Lord’s Prayer).
o
 
In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus invited us to call God in the same way he calls Him – such as thatwith an intimate relationship with the Father
 
It is “combined tender intimacy and profound respect”
 
“ 
Lambing
” 
- mode
o
 
In the Gethsemane Prayer, Jesus is crying out
in desperation
.
 
In Jesus’ most trying hour, he surrounded Himself with the people closest to Him –His Father and his closest friends*.
 
*Jesus usually goes off and leaves his disciples so He could spend timealone with God. But this time, he told his closest friends (Peter, James andJohn) to “
stay [here] and keep watch [with me].” 
(Mt.26:38)
 
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When we are about to undergo something big in our lives, it is only natural for us towant to be with the ones closest to us.
 
i.e. Graduation, Birthdays (
showbiz answer–quiet dinner with family)
,Hospitalization, etc.
 
It was the hour when Jesus’ desperately needed his friends’ prayer support andencouragement but his friends failed him.
 
The disciples, maybe because of all the food and wine they just had duringthe Supper, couldn’t keep themselves awake.
 
“Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour?” 
(Mark14:37)
 
People may disappoint us , even abandon us, in our most trying times, but
our AbbaFather will never abandon us
.
Don’t leave God out of [the big events in] your life. Call unto Him, he has already given us the privilege of callingHim our Abba.
 
Jesus knew where to go and whom to go to when he became desperate.During that time of deep loneliness and sorrow, Jesus went to the Father. He wascalling on him
in desperation
.
 
 
He may have sounded like the ff:
 
Parent drops off his child on the first day of school – child cries indesperation (“
Don’t leave me all alone!!!”)
 
 
Beloved breaks up with lover- the lover cries out in desperation (
“Don’t leave me! I can’t go on without you.”)
.
 
He was about to undergo
separation
from God (because the sins of the entirehuman race was about to be put unto him).
God is still my Father, even in my darkest moments.
What is your biggest struggle today? Are you in desperation? Don’t put God as the last on your who-to-run-to-for-help list. Put him on top of that list.
Testimony:
[Don’t elaborate on the medical condition, just stress theimportance of 
running to God in desperate moments
]
Kimmie – with her condition, as a family we’re desperate. So we ran to Godfor help, for comfort. We made a covenant to bring back prayer time in ourfamily. Though it took us a trying moment to realize the need for unity inthe form of family devotions/prayer time, what matters is you heed to thecall of coming back to him.
 
 APPLICATION:
Pause for a short prayer. Allow this time for thecongregation to cry out toGod the Father about what’s troubling them.
 
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2.
 
“Take this cup from me.” 
Jesus understood the intensity of what He had to go through.
-
 
When Jesus prayed this, he was not asking to be delivered from physical death. He knew right fromthe beginning that He had to go through every suffering, even death, to fulfill his mission. (Mark10:33-34)-
 
What he couldn’t bear was the separation from God the Father that would happen when the sins of the entire human race are placed upon him.-
 
Illust:
o
 
Think of the person whom you revere the most.
o
 
Now imagine having to do something that would cause that person to stay away from you.
o
 
The person you revere/look up to/love the most cannot stand to be with you anymore.
o
 
How would you feel? 
o
 
That’s how Jesus felt. Only a million times (exagg?) stronger in intensity.
 
-
 
The mere thought of being separated from God caused him to pray earnestly, so earnestly that hissweat turned to blood.
No matter what “cup” you are undergoing right now, be comforted in the fact that Jesus himself has undergonethe cup of suffering.
o
 
He knows what you’re going through. He understands you.
o
 
Just as He was able to overcome it, you can too!
o
 
But you have to follow what Jesus did: (
Proceed to point #3
).
3.
 
Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 
Jesus submitted to the will of the Father.
-
 
Jesus, knowing what He has to go through, prayed this very bold yet humble prayer – “
let it happenas You will.” 
 -
 
With this prayer, He acknowledged
absolute dependency
on the will of the Father.
o
 
Absolute dependency is to leave it all up to God – whatever He thinks is best, you’re okaywith that.-
 
Don’t underestimate the power of these words.-
 
Because of Jesus’ submission to the will of the Father, everything was put to right again.
o
 
“Jesus was by no means powerless. If he had insisted on his will and not the Father’s hecould have called down twelve legions of angels (72,000) to fight a Holy War on his behalf.”(Philip Yancey,
The Jesus I Never Knew)
 
o
 
He could have wiped out evil without being harmed, but if he did that, then we would all stillbe doomed for destruction.
o
 
And that is not the will of the Father.
o
 
God’s will is for us to be redeemed.
o
 
Redemption can happen only through the shedding of blood, and only that of pure,unblemished blood.
 
Heb 9:22
“…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” 
 
 
Eph 1:7
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” 
 
o
 
With Jesus being the only qualified sacrifice for the entire human race, he had to go throughthe gory process of being slaughtered.

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