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What Does God Say When People Pray (part 6)
Matthew 26:36-46 

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." [37] And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. [38] Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." [39] And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt." [40] And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? [41] "Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." [42] He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, "My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done." [43] And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. [44] And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. [45] Then He came to the disciples, and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. [46] "Arise, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!" 

Do you ever read a passage of scripture and come away with more questions than answers? I know I do. Take this passage of scripture, for instance.

Jesus seems so vulnerable here. He confesses to His three companions, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." Where is our confident Lord who spoke to the winds and the storm, "Peace be still?" Think of the prayers of Jesus. At Lazarus' tomb, he prayed, "Lazarus, come forth!" and he did. To the legion of demons He said, "Go out from him" and they did. To the lame He said, "Rise and walk, your faith has made you whole" and he did. But here He seems, tentative and broken down.

Should the Creator of the universe ever seem this vulnerable?

I know that all we have here is a synopsis of His prayer, because verse 40 indicates that Jesus prayed for an hour during His first prayer, but still, His prayer doesn't follow the pattern of prayer He taught us.

When I was a college student, my discipleship leader taught me to pray like this: Adoration first, Confession second, Thanksgiving third and then Supplication. He used the acronym ACTS to help me remember the formula.
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