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Keep Calm and Consider: Pray
October 28, 2018

Keep Calm and Consider: Pray

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Keep Calm and Consider

This week, we come to the end of our series, “Keep Calm and Consider” with the sermon, “Pray.” As Jesus is on his way to the cross, prayer is a defining moment which shares with him strength and endurance. In Matthew 24:36-46 there is a stark contrast between the sleepiness of the disciples and the vigilance of Jesus! As we leave this series, we will not be free of anxiety and fear, but prayer can give us the strength we need for our journey. These verses from Matthew give us a window of how our lives can be transformed by prayer, as we face the anxiety of what the future may hold for us. This week we are using The Message translation to honor Eugene Peterson (the translator of The Message Bible) who passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018: Matthew 26:36-46: Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.” Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?” When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.” He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open. This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time. When he came back the next time, he said, “Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners. Get up! Let’s get going! My betrayer is here.”

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