11.17.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 3. Gethsemane.

DEVOTION: Here’s something that I actually never thought of before about prayer. Check out this quote:

“In Gethsemane, the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.” (pg 4)

I have never thought about Jesus’ unanswered prayers. He did pray three times. We’ve all read it in the story of the Bible about the crucifixion. Yet, even Jesus’ prayers weren’t answered.

So where does that leave us. If Jesus’ prayers are left hanging, how many of ours are left hanging? But…the difference? Look at the outcome of what happened the next day, Jesus was crucified, tortured, died and was buried. Pretty incredible outcome for an unanswered prayer….and yet…..three days later, He rises again. Overcoming, sin, death, despair…all of it.

If Jesus’ prayer had been answered, would we be living in the freedom that we live in now? Would our sins be forgiven? Would our hearts be made clean? The straight answer….no.

So. God has a larger plan in everything. He sees beyond our own thoughts, desires, intentions and egos. He sees beyond it all.

We’ll dig more into this I’m sure but think about the unanswered prayers. Think about how the outcome would have been different if the prayer had been answered.

PRAYER: Maybe take a minute and thank God for unanswered prayers.

14 Comments

  1. Suzanne on November 17, 2020 at 7:52 am

    but was his prayer unanswered?

    1 John 5
    14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

    Luke 22:42
    42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

    Jesus starts with God ‘willing’ then ends with ‘nevertheless your will not mine’ putting his request in-between. Jesus is surrendering…is he asking for removal from the situation physically or spiritually?

    scripture continues…

    43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

    the Holy Spirit , the comforter, comes to be with Jesus. There is a graphic painting of an addict about to use, Jesus is standing behind him, putting his own arm under the needle. Maybe his prayer is more prophetic, setting up our future, not only giving us eternal life but being with us in this life too.

    John 10:10

    10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

    • Margaret K on November 17, 2020 at 10:25 am

      Yes, Jesus made His request of God but didn’t leave it there. He continued, “Not my will but Yours be done.”
      So, was the request for the cup to pass from Him, or was the real request that the Father’s Will be done.
      If it was the latter, then His prayer was answered.

    • Dave Pettigrew on November 17, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Great references here Suzanne. Thanks for sharing. What a great discussion….

  2. Margaret K on November 17, 2020 at 10:54 am

    While I don’t agree that Jesus’ prayer went unanswered, I agree that sometimes ours do.

    Jesus left off praying but saying, “Not my will but Yours be done.” His real prayer was for God’s Will to be done and I believe that was answered.

    However, our prayers are a different story. God is a good Father and He is not going to give us something that will hurt us or something that we’re not ready to handle. He knows the end from the beginning.

    The Bible says, “You have not because you ask not,” but it goes on to say that we have not because we ask amiss, that we may “consume it on our lusts”. As a good parent God is not going to give us something that will hurt us.

    He is also not going to answer a prayer that goes against someone else’ will; like making someone fall in love with us, etc.

    Sometimes the answer isn’t “No”, but rather “Not yet”, because we’re not ready for it yet. Just as a good parent won’t give the car keys to a 5 year old, God won’t give us something we’re not ready for.

    Having said all that, the Bible says that when we pray according to God’s Will, He hears us. And if we know He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him.”

    God’s Will is healing. Period. We know that. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to give us life abundantly.

    Jesus only did what He saw the Father do. He was a walking representation of the Father. Jesus healed. That’s God’s Will.

    I cannot answer why so many people don’t receive healing, but I do know it is always God’s Will to heal.

    True, Not all prayers get answered, but maybe it’s not always that God didn’t send the answer. Daniel prayed 21 days before the angel arrived with the answer, but the angel said the answer was sent as soon as Daniel began to pray.

    Don’t give up on prayer and don’t stop praying. Make sure you have Scripture to back up your prayer, then you know that it God’s Will to answer that prayer. God said in His Word, “Put Me in remembrance”. Remind God of what He said; not because He has forgotten, but rather to build your faith to receive the answer and to stay in peace about it while you wait for the answer to come.

    • Dave Pettigrew on November 17, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Excellent points here. I love the discussion here. So engaging! Thanks for adding these comments.

    • Suzanne on November 17, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      unanswered prayers or unexpected answers?

      and..good point…the delay in Daniels answer. We do tend to get in our own way too often.

    • Bruce on November 17, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Is it possible that we aren’t “healed” because our “test” was meant to be a testimony for someone else?

      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should walk around continuously in an unhealed state. But maybe our faith is the seed that will start to grow in someone else.

      • Suzanne on November 18, 2020 at 9:48 am

        I think that our testimonies are meant for everyone. I talk about my dad who was back in the classroom teaching 6 weeks after having his larynx removed. I share about my brother who had 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 33% of his body and later became an honored fireman and first responder. I share about the baby at church that was predetermined to be born with severe disabilities, enough that the parents were urged to abort. To the surprise of the L&D staff, as well as the assembled team of specialists, that child was born perfect. I know these stories are real, I share them as confidently as I share how God spared Isaac.

        God will use anything and everything for his glory

        and I believe that sickness is not God’s will. I think we can and should war against it….and if seeds are planted, than amen! in everything, to God be the Glory!

  3. Margaret K on November 17, 2020 at 11:33 am

    In Matthew 26:53 When Jesus was about to be arrested He told His disciples that He could ask His Father to deliver Him and the Father would send 12 legions of angels.

  4. Peggy F on November 17, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Jesus, our example ! I had the incredible privilege of being able to spend time, in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, believed to be the place Jesus prayed to His Father. It is a beautiful garden, a place it is said Jesus went to often to pray. What strikes me the most in what he asked of the Father, is more in the emotional pressing and crushing in the act of prayer itself, so much He bled on the ground from the intense struggle in His own will and heart. The agony His emotions and body endured during these hours. In the end of prayers, He surrendered His will, to His Father’s will and purpose for Him. This to me is the example He leaves us with. To go before the throne of heaven, in all the times of our own struggles, breaking before Him , to come to the place in whatever the circumstance we are in, to come to that place of complete, total surrender, of wanting not what we think we need, but only the Father’s perfect will for us, an ” Even if Not” moment , the ” No Matter What:” moments, we break , we surrender our will ! , we let Father God mold us in the breaking.

  5. Jonathan B on November 17, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Remember that it’s in his time not ours that prayers are answered. Like some of you said it may not happen right now, but a month or longer later. You may not be ready. I trust in God in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Margaret K on November 18, 2020 at 1:06 am

    In Matthew 26:53 When Jesus was about to be arrested He told His disciples that He could ask His Father to deliver Him and the Father would send 12 legions of angels.

    I had added this comment above because this Verse is immediately after Jesus prayed to have the cup taken from Him. He knew that He could have asked the Father to deliver Him – period. But that’s not what He prayed.
    The Passion Translation for Matthew 26:53-54 reads, “Don’t you realize I could ask my Heavenly Father for angels to come at any time to deliver me? And instantly He would answer me by sending twelve armies of the angelic host to come and protect us. But that would thwart the prophetic plan of God. For it has been written that it would happen this way.”

    Jesus was fully God and fully man when He was on earth. He knew what He would go through to pay the price to deliver mankind. In His humanity He asked the Father if there was another way, that He would not have to go through the torture He knew was to come. But He also knew what had been prophesied; what God had said would happen – the price that had to be paid to rescue and save humanity. God sent an angel to strengthen Him.

    Hebrews 12:2 NIV says, “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer of our faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.”
    The Passion Translation says it like this, “We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faiths’ perfection. His example is this: Because His heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be His, He endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  7. Sandy G on November 19, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    When my dad was in the end stage of congestive heart failure, it was my task at day’s end to go to his house and walk his dog so that dad’s full time aide wouldn’t have to. I’d chat with Dad, set up his meds for the day or week, and check his overall health. As his condition continued to deteriorate and I could tell he was getting closer to death, I would lift up a prayer as I drove back home. I would ask God, “If it’s Your will, would you please call Dad home?” Tears would well up in my eyes but I felt I was asking for Dad, not for me. Dad was ready. God answered…when He was ready.

  8. Carol B on November 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Lots of good things going on in these share.. Love reading them all.

    First I think our prayer has to align with Gods will and what He is doing. If not it may not be answered. I certainly do not have all the answers. But I do know He will use it for His good. I have thought much about the suffering of Jesus and why… But thankful at the same point that, Jesus did die for our sins. How He saved us. Without Him being that perfect sacrifice…. things would not be the way they are today. Saved in Christ, Christ interceding for us. And the Holy spirit coming after him dying, ascending into hell, rising again and then going to be with His father so we could have that Holy spirit with us. God is so much bigger and has such bigger plans that we could ever see. My view is so small in comparison to all He sees and knows. When I see all of this. His outpouring of love.. What He did on the cross for us.. How can I not think that He will use my prayers if aligned with HIs will for my good as well. If it’s not for my good protect me from whatever that may be.. Or bring me home when it’s my time. My question for myself is do I pray big enough for God.

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