The Sacrifice of Prayer

Matthew 26:36-44 NIV
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place
called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit
here while I go over there and pray.”
37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee
along with him, and he began to be sorrowful
and troubled.
38 Then he said to them, “My soul is
overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of
death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to
the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is
possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet
not as I will, but as you will.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found
them sleeping. “Could you men not keep
watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.
41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into
temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is
weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed,
“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to
be taken away unless I drink it, may your will
be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them
sleeping, because their eyes were heavy.
44 So he left them and went away once more
and prayed the third time, saying the same
thing.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NIV
7 To keep me from becoming conceited
because of these surpassingly great
revelations, there was given me a thorn in my
flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it
away from me.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient
for you, for my power is made perfect in
weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more
gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s
power may rest on me.
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in
weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in
persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am
weak, then I am strong.
The Relation between Praise and
Prayer
1. Praise and prayer are both spiritual disciplines,
meaning they should continually practiced. In
fact, praise and prayer are connected. You can’t
have one without the other.
2. It is important not to confuse the two. Prayer
is not the same thing as praise and vice versa.
But together they produce a strong faith and
relationship with God because they cultivate the
spirit.
Important Reminders about Prayer
Even though prayer has a worshipful dimension
to it, ultimately prayer is communion with God.
There are basic aspects to prayer. The model
prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 teaches us some of the
basic aspects of prayer.
The Sacrifice of Prayer
There is a sacrifice in praise and a sacrifice in
prayer. This aspect of prayer is often overlooked.
In church we talk about the sacrifice of praise
because it is mentioned in Hebrews 13:15 but not
the sacrifice of prayer because it is modeled in
Scripture.
Sacrificial prayer is a prayer where the will
surrenders to God, when the human will
surrenders to the divine will.
This is an important prayer because there are
some situations in life that will require the sacrifice
of prayer to work alongside your sacrifice of
praise. Some situations push and drive us to God.
You will need this prayer for your Gethsemane
experience. Gethsemane means oil press. Or you
may find yourself with a thorn in your flesh.
Aspects of This Unique Form of
Prayer
1. A place of honesty and admission.
2. A place of vulnerability.
3. A place of trust that God wants what’s
best for us.
4. A place you will return to.

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