Thursday, May 21, 2009

Going to Gethsemane... a Call to Prayer

Luke 11:1, “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

How many of you have ever felt as though you didn’t know how to pray? Ever asked yourself, “What do I say?” or “How do I say it?” It’s ok, even the disciples needed help.
I sometimes feel as though we, as Christians, “pray” just enough to say we did. To somehow make us feel good about our “walk”. But, unfortunately, that is not good enough. I believe God is calling us to “Go to Gethsemane”…

Read Mark 14:32-42

Jesus became “troubled and deeply distressed”. He said that His “soul is exceedingly sorrowful”. The same story in the book of Luke tells us that “His sweat became as great drops of blood…” But even so, Luke 22:44 also tells us that Jesus “prayed more earnestly”. So, I wonder… when is the last time we truly got on our face and prayed, “troubled and deeply distressed” over a situation or a person in our lives? When is the last time we had a Gethsemane experience? How many of us have actually prayed and grabbed a hold of God just like Jacob did and said, “I am not going to let go until you bless me?”
Mark 14:38 says, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” God is “willing” to bless us and meet our needs. However, we are the ones who are “weak” and usually give up too soon. We must grab hold and not let go until we hear from God!

James 5:16, “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Listen, prayer is as important to our lives as breathing. We must have it! Prayer is not an option for a Christian…

Allow me to leave you with one last truth…
John 15:7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” We all like the “ask what you desire” part of this scripture. But look what Jesus says… “abide in Me”. We must first, Live for Christ!

So, take a trip to Gethsemane and turn up your prayer life and see what God begins to do in your life!

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