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Praying in Hard Times

Luke 22:39-46

Praying in Preparation

“that you may not enter into temptation” (v40)

  • Jesus knew what the disciples would face.
  • Jesus knew that what it was to be tempted (Hebrews 4:15).
  • Jesus was tempted in every respect.
  • Jesus was tempted to a greater degree than anyone else has ever been tempted.
  • We must pray before we face trials and temptations.
  • Jesus had taught them to do this earlier (Matthew 6:13).
  • Praying before temptation is directly connected to avoiding evil.
  • Temptation and sin follow a pattern (James 1:14-15).
  • You can pray (confess) at any point along this pattern:
    • Desire — the sin that remains in you.
    • Temptation — being lured and enticed.
    • Sin — you yield to the temptation.
  • It is better to deal with the desire (what remains sinful in us) before temptation and sin sets in.
  • One of the main ways to do that is by praying.

Praying in Affliction

“he withdrew from them . . . and knelt down” (v41, also see Matthew 26:39, Mark 14:33, Hebrews 5:7)

  • The normal posture in praying was standing.
  • Jesus had much to be distressed about:
    • He had been rejected by Israel.
    • He had been betrayed by Judas.
    • He was to be denied by Peter.
    • His disciples would be scattered.
    • He was facing a cruel and humiliating death.
    • Worst of all he would experience the wrath of his Father.
  • God ultimately worked good through all of these things, and Jesus knew he would.
  • But that did not change the struggle Jesus went through in the garden.

Praying in Submission

“not my will, but yours, be done” (v42)

  • One goal in all praying is to acknowledge submission to and dependence on God.
    • True worship includes submission.
    • Thanksgiving acknowledges dependence.
    • Confession is an act of submission.
    • Supplication acknowledges dependence.
  • Jesus acknowledges that he is distressed about what will happen (“if you are willing, remove this cup from me”).
  • When you pray, don’t just tell God what you think he wants to hear.
  • Tell him the truth about how you feel.
  • But in the next breath, commit to submission.

Strengthening through Prayer

“there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him” (v43)

  • This is one of only two recorded time an angel appeared to Jesus.
  • After his temptation in the wilderness, angels ministered to him as well (Matthew 4:11).
  • God’s grace is sufficient in any circumstances (weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10).