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The Value of Prayer

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭26:36‭-‬39‬ ‭ESV‬‬

[36] Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” [37] And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. [38] Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” [39] And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."

When God became a man He found prayer to be a necessary tool for a successful task. Jesus came to perform a task, to liberate people and bring them to God. But a time came that the task became very difficult, and He was tempted to turn back (Hebrews 4:15), and was full of sorrow, becoming very emotional. Because He was going to be separated from his Father for threedays and three nights, which was something He had never experienced.

So He had to find a place to pray in order to remain focused on the assignment. And that required seclusion. We need to appreciate the importance of finding a quiet place to commune with God, for He dwells in secret ( Matthew 6:6).

Through prayer we become alert and sober; (Colossians 4:2; 1 Peter 5:8), we receive strength, we declare our willingness to remain in God's will. And the Lord was able to yield to the will of His Father and accomplished it. And you can do the same if you will take your prayer life seriously.

Today if you are tempted to choose between God's will and your own will, prayer will be the way to God, for in it God will meet you. You were created to function by prayer, because you cannot live without God. Devote yourself to prayer and receive Divine help to overcome and rule, in Jesus name!

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