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When You Have Difficult Decisions      Mk. 14:32-39, 41-50      Feb. 21, 2010

                                                                         

Introduction

       Most of us will face times where we are confronted with difficult decisions. It seems many Christian people

get themselves under too much pressure. None of us will face the exact kind of trauma Jesus faced. However we may advise Christian people, at all times, and especially When You Have Difficult Decisions, to follow the Lord’s example.

 

1.   Difficult Decisions Demand . . Seeking The Heavenly Father In Prayer. 14:32-35

       A.   Seeking The Father In Prayer Will Be Helped By Asking . . Others To Pray With You. 14:32-34

32 Then they came to a place named Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."

       33 He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and horrified.

       34 Then He said to them, "My soul is swallowed up in sorrow—to the point of death. Remain here and stay

       awake."

 

       B.   Seeking The Lord In Prayer Will Be Helped By . . Opening Your Mind And Heart. 14:35

35 Then He went a little farther, fell to the ground, and began to pray that if it were possible, the

              hour might pass from Him.


       Jesus sought the Father all through His life but especially during this time of difficult decision. The Lord did not just look at death but the taking of the sins of mankind upon Himself. He lived a sinless life but now must take all sin on His person. In difficult times it may very well help to invite others to pray with you. It is sad to note the Lord asked His disciples to pray with Him and a little later, “He asked Peter. "Couldn't you stay awake one hour? (Mk 14:37 HCSB). At times I have tried to get an all night prayer meeting organized and the mid-morning hours are not easy to fill. Note the Lord fell to the ground in this time of prayer as He opened His heart and mind to the Father.


 

2.   Difficult Decisions Demand . . Submission To The Heavenly Father. 14:36-39

       A.   Submitting To The Lord In Prayer May Be Helped By . . Stating Your Desire. 14:36

36 And He said, "Abba, Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."

 

       B.   Submitting To The Lord In Prayer May Be Helped By . . Sticking With Your Purpose. 14:37-39

37 Then He came and found them sleeping. "Simon, are you sleeping?" He asked Peter. "Couldn't you

              stay awake one hour?

              38 Stay awake and pray so that you won't enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is

              weak." 39 Once again He went away and prayed, saying the same thing.


       Do we submit to the Lord when we pray? We ought to state our desires asking for exactly what we want, but with the submission to accept what The Father’s will may be in the matter. Jesus asked for the cup to be taken away. But then note the words, “nevertheless not what I will, but what You will.” That is submission!

Then follow the example of Jesus as He stayed in submission to the purpose for His life. Can we repeat the same words in our prayer? The Lord did! Can you ask in prayer for the Lord’s will to be done? Jesus did! Would you believe I have heard some ministers say you should not ask for the Lord’s will to be done? I am pleased to say they were not Baptists, (Or biblical).




 

 

3.   Difficult Decisions Demand . . Stamina From The Heavenly Father. 14:40-44

      A.   Stamina In Pursuing God’s Purpose Despite The . . Sleeping Disciples. 14:40-41

              40 And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open. They did

              not know what to say to Him. 41 Then He came a third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping

       `     and resting? Enough! The time has come. Look, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.

 

       B.   Stamina In Pursuing God’s Purpose Despite The . . Sneaky Betrayer. 14:42-44

              42 Get up; let's go! See—My betrayer is near." 43 While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the

              Twelve, suddenly arrived. With him was a mob, with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the

              scribes, and the elders. 44 His betrayer had given them a signal. "The One I kiss," he said, "He's the

              One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard." 45 So when he came, he went right up to Him and

              said, "Rabbi!"—and kissed Him. 46 Then they took hold of Him and arrested Him.

 

       C.   Stamina In Pursuing God’s Purpose Despite The . . Splitting Disciples. 14:47-50

              1.    Stamina Despite The . . Failure Of Disciples To Understand. 14:47

                     47 And one of those who stood by drew his sword, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off

                     his ear.

 

              2.    Stamina Despite The . . Feeble Efforts Of The Soldiers. 14:48-49

                     48 But Jesus said to them, "Have you come out with swords and clubs, as though I were a

                     criminal, to capture Me? 49 Every day I was among you, teaching in the temple complex, and you

                     didn't arrest Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."

 

              3.    Stamina Despite The . . Fleeing Efforts Of The Disciples. 14:50

                     50 Then they all deserted Him and ran away. HCSB 


       If you have a very serious matter to pray about and you ask your friends to pray with you and all they do is sleep; how will that affect your stamina? Suppose you have witnessed and ministered openly and some authorities come to stop you and they do it with much more of a police force than they need; how will that affect you? Then suppose you look and see all of your friends fleeing away; will that affect your stamina for the purpose before you? It did not affect Jesus enough that He retreated an inch in fact it may have increased His boldness. He certainly did not weaken before Herod or Pilate. So good advice remains When You Have Difficult Decisions, follow the Lord’s example. Amen? Amen!