The Sorrowful Savior
32 And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And He said to His disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” 35 And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.” 37 And He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 And again He went away and prayed, saying the same words. 40 And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 And He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.” (Mark 14:32-42, ESV)
Gethsemane was a place of Heavy Burden!
33 And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. 34 And He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful....” 35 And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
"And being in agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44, ESV)
Gethsemane was a place of Prayer!
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." (1 Corinthians 10:13, ESV)
" A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." (Proverbs 22:3, NLT)
38 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak
"The means of grace to overcome iniquity, to be victorious, is vigilant prayer. Yes, we have a High Priest praying for us that our faith fail not. But we will lose the battle with temptation along the way if we don’t pray and depend on divine strength, rather than confidence in our own human strength" - John MacArthur
37 And He came and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?
Week 3 - The Sorrowful Savior
Pastor David preached Sunday from Mark 14:32-42. The topic of the message was, The Sorrowful Savior. We see in Sunday’s passage that Jesus is praying and that He is disappointed that His disciples are not disciplined enough to pray. Tonight we will study prayer, specifically, a method of prayer that is easy to remember and implement into our lives. The method is called A.C.T.S. It stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication (asking). Journey with us as we look at the importance of prayer and as we look specifically at “How” Paul prayed.
Let the Journey Begin: Col 1:9b
1. Read Col 1:9 as a group. Who is praying and who is being prayed for?
Where is “Intercession” in the Bible?
2. Read Gen. 25:21. What do we see here?
3. Read 2 Kings 6:15-17. What do we see here?
4. Read John 17:9, 17, 20. What do we see here?
5. Read Acts 7:60 and Luke 23:34. What do we see here?
Continuing the Journey – Col. 1:9C-11 (Supplication)
The act of intercessory prayer includes and is based on “asking” (Supplication) for things. Supplication is the act of humbly requesting something in prayer from GOD.
6. Read Col 1:9c-11 and identify all that Paul asks GOD to do for the Colossians?
Don’t Forget to Say “Thank-You”! (Thankfulness) – Col. 1:12a
In verse 12 Paul instructs the Colossian church to “have joy, giving thanks to the Father”. In our prayer lives we often only find the time to ask of GOD, and self-centeredly forget all the things that we have to be thankful for.
7. As a group read Ps. 136:1-3. What is the Psalmist being thankful for in these verses?
8. As a group read Ps. 136:4-9. What is the Psalmist being thankful for in these verses?
Making Right the Wrongs (Confession) – Col.1:14
9. How do we get the forgiveness of sins?
10. Read 1 John 1:9…what is the condition for us having our sins forgiven?
11. Can you remember the last time you spent time with GOD confessing your sins?
Adoring the Adorable (Adoration) – Col 1:12b-13
Paul tells the Colossian church to adore the Father for these qualities: qualifying the unqualified, giving an inheritance to orphans, delivering the lost, and transferring our citizenship. By thanking GOD for these qualities, they are adoring two of his attributes: His Grace and Mercy. Adoration and thanksgiving are closely related in the way that we pray. Often times when we are giving thanks it is for specific characteristics or attributes of GOD. Below is an incomplete list of attributes of God for which you can thank and adore Him as you pray in the future.
In closing, summarize the A.C.T.S prayer acrostic: to “Adore” GOD for who He is, then “Confess” their sins to him. Then to “Thank” him for forgiving those sins as well as other undeserved things that they have. And close with “Asking” (Supplication) of God. We see in Col. 1:9-14 that Paul explained to the Colossians how he interceded for them in this very way!
For more supporting verses access the full version of the study here: https://goo.gl/g3eKbN