How long has it been since you got away from distractions and got alone with God in prayer? We are in the middle of a spiritual battle, and warriors cannot sleep on duty; spiritual battles are won or lost in the prayer closet. Bro. Jeff uses the example of Jesus to encourage us in our spiritual life.
- The Growing Pressure
- The Growing Prayers
Matthew 26:39-46 KJV
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou [wilt]. 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak. 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take [your] rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
Philippians 2:5, 7-8
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: … 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;