2021 – Prepared to shine

The Dialogue

Matthew 26:36-46 NLT “Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.”37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!””

1. UTTER HUMILITY

Matt 26:39. He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father!

“It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.”

2 Corinthians 3:5 (NLT) “Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.”

Ps 56:3 “But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.”

Humility is dependence on God as pride is the independence of Him.  The humble soul is always the thankful soul . Fulton J. Sheen

2. COMPLETE DEPENDENCE

Luke 22:42. Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

3. GREAT FAITH

Mark 14:36. “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

4. PERFECT SUBMISSION

Matt 26:39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

42 second time “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”

44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again.

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’C. S. Lewis

Psalms 143:10 NLT Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

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