John Lindell – 04/23/2017
Mark 14:32-42 – “They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: “Papa, Father, you can—can’t you?—get me out of this. Take this cup away from me. But please, not what I want—what do you want?”
He came back and found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, you went to sleep on me? Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don’t enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don’t be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
He then went back and prayed the same prayer. Returning, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open, and they didn’t have a plausible excuse.
He came back a third time and said, “Are you going to sleep all night? No—you’ve slept long enough. Time’s up. The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up. Let’s get going. My betrayer has arrived.””
Mark 14:32-42 MSG
- Straightforward, yet profound.
- 3 times Jesus was tempted in the Wilderness.
- Again, Jesus fights a battle with Satan in the Garden, as he prepares to take on His burden of sin for mankind.
- This time, the disciples, who are also present, are tempted with human weakness (sleep) three times…and they succumb – three times.
- Intentions do not equal follow through, and we are all able to observe the results of the failure to pray in the upcoming struggles of the disciples:
- Denial, confusion, separation and chaos throughout Jesus trial and after Jesus death on the cross – before He reappears, reunites, and reignites His disciples.
- In preparation for betrayal and his upcoming sacrificial trials.
4 Principles to Encourage & Strengthen our lives: (Prayer is the Key)
1st Jesus Prayed
- If Jesus needed to pray, and he did all the time, then it goes without saying that we should as well.
- Jesus didn’t wait till gethsemane to pray for the first time…
Luke 3:21-22 – “One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy. ””
Luke 3:21-22 NLT
- Jesus prayed at his baptism.
Mark 1:35 – “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”
Mark 1:35 NLT
- Jesus would get up early (while still dark, with no distractions) and prayed.
Luke 6:12 – “One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night.”
Luke 6:12 NLT
- Jesus prayed for guidance (on the mountain).
Mark 6:46 – “After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.”
Mark 6:46 NLT
- He prays at all times.
Luke 9:18 – “One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?””
Luke 9:18 NLT
- He prays before major revelations to his disciples.
- He doesn’t leave their development to chance. He prays.
Luke 9:28 – “About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray.”
Luke 9:28 NLT
- He prays before he is transfigured.
- He is transformed – while praying.
Luke 11:1 – “Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.””
Luke 11:1 NLT
- Disciples recognize that Prayer is the key to all Christ does…!
Mark 14:32 – “They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.””
Mark 14:32 NLT
- Now, in the garden, it is not surprising that Jesus prays.
- He tells the disciples to pray and not fall asleep.
Hebrews 5:7 – “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.”
Hebrews 5:7 NLT
Mark 14:35 – “He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.”
Mark 14:35 NLT
- He agonized in prayer. He prayed with passion and physicality.
Mark 14:33-34 – “He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.””
Mark 14:33-34 NLT
- Jesus struggled with emotions and the burdens he bore; literally, the weight of the world.
- Jesus had no sin, yet he bore the sin of all (on the cross).
- Preparing for carrying that burden was a crushing weight.
- Jesus is astonished by the impending reality of his upcoming burden.
- “Sorrowful, even unto death.”
- Does your agony drive you to your knees in prayer – or – does it drive you away from God’s presence (as your circumstances engulf your and attempt to suck you firmly into the miry Clay.
Luke 22:44 – “He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.”
Luke 22:44 NLT
- Agony, with sweat like drops of blood.
2nd Prayer Strengthens us.
Luke 22:43 – “Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.”
Luke 22:43 NLT
- Angels appeared in his presence to strengthen him.
Mark 1:13 – “where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.”
Mark 1:13 NLT
- In the Wilderness Angels ministered to him. (Whatever he needed at that time)
Mark 14:37-38 – “Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.””
Mark 14:37-38 NLT
- Simon, called by his old name (because he was acting like his old self)
- If we are not praying (we may be spiritually asleep).
- Christians need to be able to pray.
- Intentions do not equal real ability or daily reality. (The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak)
- If Peter prayed, rather than sleep, he may not have denied Christ.
- Victory will not come to the person who is spiritually asleep.
- Intentions do not equal actions. Fantasy does not equal reality.
3rd Prayer helps us fight the enemy.
Luke 22:53 – “Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.””
Luke 22:53 NLT
- Many (scholars) believe that Satan is there tempting Jesus again – in the garden.
- Darkness was present – your (Satan’s).
- This is a battle between Satan and Jesus
- The garden is where the battle was determined – through prayer.
- The cross is where the victory was won.
1 Peter 5:8 – “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8 NLT
- Peter, after having fallen asleep and losing a battle, has learned his lesson.
- Now he exhorts others with passion not to fall asleep and lose their personal battle.
Ephesians 6:12 – “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NLT
- Our battle is not with flesh but waged in the “Chatterbox” of our mind.
Ephesians 6:18 – “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT
- Prayer is part of our are our.
4th. Prayer is the key to knowing and doing God’s will.
Mark 14:36 – ““Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.””
Mark 14:36 NLT
- Jesus understands the weight (as he agonized over it) – and Jesus submits to God’s will.
- Prayer helps us understand what God’s will is.
- If being a good person could get you into Heaven, then Jesus wouldn’t have needed to go to the cross.
- None of the excuses and alternate paths that have been offered throughout the ages work.
- Only through the cross, only the sacrifice of Jesus, has the sacrificial price of sin been paid.
- Knowing God’s will and committing to do God’s will are not the same thing.
- Upon which side of the scale do you fall. (Knowing -or- Doing)?
Mark 14:39 – “Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before.”
Mark 14:39 NLT
- Jesus repeats the words again. “NOT MY WILL…BUT WHAT YOU WILL.”
- Learn HIS WILL through prayer…then LIVE HIS WILL through and in daily life.
- JESUS PRAYED – WILL YOU PRAY.