THE LORD'S VICTORY IN PRAYER

Passage: Luke 22:39~53  

Keyverse: 42

1. Victory in prayer (39-46)

The disciples followed Jesus to the Mount of Olives, where he instructed them to pray so that they would not fall into temptation. Then, our Lord knelt down and shared the greatest example of such prayer. The weight of the cross was weighing on our Lord's heart and he was tempted to avoid it. As he struggled in prayer, Jesus placed his request before his loving Father. Was there any way this intense suffering could be avoided? As he continued in prayer, though, Jesus submitted to the Father's will saying, "yet not my will, but yours be done." After the angel strengthened him, he prayed even more fervently. Following our Lord's example, we can overcome temptation by praying until our Father's will becomes our own. When Jesus went back to the disciples, he found them sleeping and exhausted from sorrow. This was because they didn't pray like he did.

2. Jesus is arrested (47-53)

While Jesus overcame temptation, no one else did. Judas betrayed the One who had loved him with a kiss and the disciples reacted to the mob by grabbing their swords and reacting with violence. The religious leaders and the crowd came out to arrest the greatest Bible teacher ever with clubs and swords as though he was leading some sort of rebellion. It truly was an hour where darkness reigned.


Prayer: Father, help us to pray for your will to be done.

One Word: Not my will, but yours