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Author: Kent Berghuis
The Spirit is Willing . . . Mark 14:27-42 Intro: Main idea: Prayer is required to commit our will to God's will. I. The danger of denying that we are weak (27-31). A. We underestimate the truth of God's word. --Jesus had told them about the cross and resurrection, but they didn't believe. --Jesus specifically told Peter he would fail, but he refused to believe (30). B. We overestimate our own ability (31). --Peter had a willing heart, but he lacked the power necessary to keep his word. II. The power of prayer to bend our wills to God's will (32-35). A. Obeying the will of God may be difficult. --Jesus was filled with sorrow at the whole prospect of betrayal and crucifixion. --Jesus even prayed a prayer that could not be fulfilled (36). B. Obeying the will of God is made possible through prayer. --At this most difficult hour, Jesus calls God "Abba Father," emphasizing his close personal relationship and love. --When we know God as Father, we can accept his will even though it goes against our human nature (36b). III. The reality that failure to pray leads to inability to obey God's will (37-42). A. Human weakness wars against spiritual discipline and prayer (37-38). --It is a natural temptation to sleep when we are praying. --We may want to obey, but we easily give in to satisfying human weakness. B. The disciples' lack of prayer led to their inability to keep their earlier commitment. --Jesus was going to be able to stand throughout the upcoming ordeal because he had spent the all-important time with his Father. --The disciples were going to desert Jesus because they had spent the crucial moments asleep. Conclusion: Are we willing to admit that we need God's help to keep our commitments to him? Then we must learn to pray, so that his will becomes our practice.