Jesus Prayed When His Soul Was Troubled — John 12:27-28

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Though Jesus was fully God, He was also fully human and in need of constant prayer. Jesus prayed the following prayer on the second day of the Passover feast, the day after His triumphal entry.

 

John 12:27-28

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

 

At this particular time He was teaching on the principal of self-denial. He was saying, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”

As He was teaching these things He began to feel greatly troubled in His soul at the thought of His impending death. The thought of taking on the wrath of God for the sins of the world was horrifying, and was causing Him great agitation.

His prayer expresses two options. He could request to be rescued from death—“Father save me from this hour?”—or, to accept it as His Father’s will.

The prayer leaves no doubt that He immediately chose the second option. Thus, he prayed, “But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.”

Then, immediately His answer came. A deep rumbling voice from heaven said, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”

 

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Lamb of God in the New Testament — Mentioned 29 Times

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One of the names of Christ in the Bible in which we see Him as our Savior and Redeemer is “Lamb of God.” This name is mentioned twice in the Old Testament, but many times in the New Testament—29 times, primarily in Revelation.

The first New Testament passage in which “Lamb of God” is used is in John 1:29. Here when John the Baptist saw Jesus coming, he said to His disciples, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” He was prophesying of His sacrifice for us on the cross, that through His death our sins would be taken away (if we believe in Him).

A second New Testament passage is 1 Peter 1:18-19. Here Peter speaks to us of the blood of the Lamb, which redeems.

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5 Biblical Reasons Why Answers to Prayer Are Important

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There are many reasons why God wants us to receive answers from Him when we pray. Here are five biblical reasons:

 

 1.  God has made it our nature to ask in prayer in order that we may receive. When we received Christ God gave us a new nature, a nature that desires prayer and that wants to receive from Him in prayer. In fact, when Jesus came into us, at the time of our conversion He made the temple of our bodies a house of prayer—so that we naturally cry out to God for all the things we need (Matt. 21:13). Indeed, prayer is the most natural thing for a Christian to do.

 

 2.  It is God’s nature to hear and answer prayer. God is our creator and the creator of the entire world. It is natural for Him to hear the cries of all His creatures and to tend to their needs. He answers the prayers of Christians in particular because we are His own special people whom He died for and whom He has adopted into His family (1 Pt. 2:9; Eph. 1:5-7).

He cares for all our needs as a faithful gardener cares for His garden. I am making reference to John 15. Here God is pictured as a gardener and we are grape branches growing out of the vine (which is Christ). God wants all of us to bear fruit and to be able to ask in prayer and receive from Him. If we don’t bear fruit, and if for some reason we don’t receive from Him in prayer (which I think is part of the fruit), it is His nature as a gardener to care for us and prune us so that we will grow and abide, hence, so that we will, in due course, bear fruit and receive from Him in prayer. Yes, God desires that all His children abide in Him, so that He can answer their prayers.

 

 3.  God’s answers to prayer show evidence of His existence and give us proof of our right relationship with Him. Anyone who comes to God in prayer must believe, at least a little, that He exists (Heb. 11:6). But when He rewards us with an answer, we have unmistakable evidence of His existence.

And our answers also serve to help others believe in Him. Isaiah knew this, and so at Mount Carmel he prayed before the people, “Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God…” (1 Kings 18:37).

Answers to prayer not only prove God’s existence, but they also give us confidence that we are growing in our relationship with Him and that He is pleased with our prayers. If we rarely receive answers it probably means that there is a sin problem and that we are not abiding in Him (Jn. 15:7). But if we do receive answers it gives us proof that our relationship with Him is going well.

 

 4.  When we receive His answers we share in His work and will. Prayer is not just for our own personal needs. Prayer should be mainly for others, for God’s work of saving the lost and for the growth of the church. Therefore, when we pray for the lost and for the ministry that God has called us to, and He answers our prayers, we can be glad that we have a part in His work.

 

 5.  Answers to prayer bring God glory and us joy. In John 14:13 Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Then in John 16:24 Jesus said to His disciples (and to us), “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” When we are used in the service of God to bring Him glory by our prayers and by answers to our prayers, the Holy Spirit will always fill us up with joy. That is what will naturally happen. It is the joy of the Holy Spirit bubbling up in us. It is the overflow of the glory of God in us.

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Motives for Purity as We Draw Near the End of All Things— from 1 Peter 4:7

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1 Peter 4:7

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. NIV

1.  The end of the world as we know it is coming;  therefore, it will be more difficult to live as a Christian. Purity (to be clear minded and self-controlled) will help.

2.  Since harder times are coming much prayer is needed—for ourselves and for others. Prayers are more effective when we are pure.

3.  Since the end of all things is near that means that the coming of Christ is near. We must make ourselves pure and ready for Him. Whatever we do for purity now will affect our relationship with our Lord forever.

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Jesus, at Times, Prayed and Thanked His Father Publically

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Consider the following two prayers of Jesus:

 

 Matthew 11:25-26

At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

 

After reflecting on the prideful hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders in the surrounding cities of Galilee, in contrast to the childlike faith and greatness of John the Baptist, Jesus thanked God publicly that He has hid the truth of the gospel from those proud ones—those who thought themselves to be wise and prudent—and has revealed it instead to humble babes (believers).  Then in verse 26 He prayed, “Even so, Father, for so it seems good in your sight,” indicating publicly that He and His Father agree together and find it good that only the humble and repentant should find the truth.

 

John 11:41-42

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”

 

Here Lazarus is lying dead in his tomb and Jesus is about to raise him up.  But first he looked up, as if looking up to God in heaven, and He prayed, “I know that you always hear me.”  Then, in His prayer, He said, “But because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”

This prayer, like the one we have just discussed, is not really a petition, but a prayer of thanksgiving to His Father.  It is also meant for the people standing around; for He prayed loudly for all to hear, so that the people around him would believe in Him—that He had a personal relationship with God, that God was His Father, and that He always hears Him.

 

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The Shepherd of Israel in the Last Days — 8 Points

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In the last days, Jesus Christ will be the Good Shepherd of Israel. Here are eight of His good works as a shepherd.

1.  He looks for those who are lost. Our Lord is always concerned for the lost—for their salvation and safety. He loves every one of us whom He has given life to (Read Ezekiel 34:11).

2.  He defeats the enemy. The good Shepherd not only looks for His lost sheep in order to bring them back into the fold and care for them, He also delivers His sheep from all enemies and will defeat them. And in most cases the enemy will be false shepherds—shepherds who seek to take advantage of the sheep in order to feed themselves. Thus they care nothing for the sheep but only for themselves.  Hence, when the Lord sets up His kingdom, the first order of business will be to defeat and…

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Republican Party U. S. Presidential Candidates, 2016: What is their Foreign Policy?

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It is very important, especially in these evil days, for a country to have good leaders and a good foreign policy.  For nations, and the leaders of those nations, are appointed by God to do good to others, and also to execute God’s wrath on nations that practice evil. Hence it is so important to elect a president who is wise in foreign policy matters, and who will exercise his authority as God would have him do (Rom. 13:3; 1 Peter 2:14).

It is especially important to elect a president who will seek to be friends with Israel.  For we have the promise from God that those who bless Israel will be blessed, but those who curse Israel will be cursed (Gen. 12:3).

 

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Bush said that the next president must prioritize cyber security. Jeb Bush stated, “The President can issue an Executive Order or give a speech…

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