2021_10_08 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Luke 22
In Luke 22:39-46 Jesus shares his last moments with his disciples before he is arrested. Jesus asks the disciples to pray so they won't fall into temptation. Jesus stays close and prays to his Father. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42. An angel then appears to Jesus and strengthens him. Jesus prays more earnestly because he is in anguish. When Jesus goes back to his disciples, he finds them asleep, exhausted with sorrow. Again, Jesus tells the disciples to “get up and pray” so they won't fall into temptation.
We have seen through the gospels thus far Jesus relying on prayer to sustain him and stay in connection with the Father. He regularly withdrew to quiet places to pray, sometimes for the whole night. Prayer for Jesus was not optional. It was a necessity and we can learn from Jesus' example. Prayer is a weapon in our spiritual arsenal that can be wielded constantly to defeat the enemy's temptations and assignments against us. It will help us stay connected with God and discern his will in our life. Through prayer, God's will brings us peace where there realistically should be none. Prayer will take us higher, where the focus is not on ourselves, but on God's majesty. God will provide for our every need, but He is the one who is greatly to be praised.
So what if you feel like you are not really all that great at praying? Is prayer for 'those' people with whom it seems to come naturally?
Prayer is for every believer.
Some things won't happen in your life if you don't pray.
Some things will only happen if you do pray.
Prayer is a gift from God to us.
A prayer I often pray is simply “God, teach me to pray.” When we invite God into the process He will be faithful to grow us in prayer. We will begin to rely less on ourselves and more on God's companionship with us.
Teach me to pray, God.
Thank you for the times ahead where I will walk ever closer with you.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead