The Struggle is Real!

Text: Matthew 26:36-46
Date: September 18, 2016
Event: The Hub Youth Worship, GCF South Metro

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

[The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 26:36–46). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.]


In this passage, Jesus teaches us that despite the struggle, our prayers should be intended to align our human will to God’s sovereign will so that His purposes would prevail.

Here our NextGen were exhorted to cultivate a prayer life that desires to surrender fully to God’s will and have a deeper appreciation of Christ’s redemptive work – nothing more, nothing less, nothing else!

As a challenge, we are to embrace three important things:

  1. Embrace the necessity of a growing prayer life.
  2. Embrace the intentionality behind a growing prayer life.
  3. Embrace the intensity and the beauty of our redemption.

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