May 23, 2021 |Talking With God

Meet Him There

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05.23.21 | Talking With God

Meet Him There

James Granger

Matthew 26:36-39

Pastor James Granger guides us through Matthew 26 as we go through our Talking With God series.

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And when he had come as a man,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death—
even to death on a cross.
For this reason God highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name.
Philippians 2:7-9
Remember, I am with you always.
Matthew 28:20
Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. He said to them, “I am deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Matthew 26:36-39
He was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”
Luke 11:1
During those days he went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God.
Luke 6:12
About eight days after this conversation, he took along Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly, two men were talking with him—Moses and Elijah. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and those with him were in a deep sleep.
Luke 9:28-32
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After he said good-bye to them, he went away to the mountain to pray. Well into the night, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land.
Mark 6:45-47
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:9-11, 13
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
Consider me and answer, Lord my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.
Psalm 12:1-3, 5-6

Scripture passages to read: Matthew 26:36-39, Luke 11:1, Luke 6:!2, Luke 9:28-32, Mark 6:45-47

On a scale of 1-10, how would you assess the health of your private (or personal) prayer life? What benefits have you experiences from making time to be alone with God in prayer?

What is preventing you from having a regular practice of private prayer? What are some of the distractions you face?

Read Luke 9:28-32 and Mark 6:45-47. What can we learn from Jesus about private prayer? What example does He give us that you would like to emulate?

What will be your specific plan for engaging in private prayer this week? What day? What time? For how long?

Take some time again to pray together as a Life Group. Pray for each other to grow in your level of intimacy with God through the regular practice of prayer and solitude.