Jason Mayhall, Lead Pastor – Matthew 26:36-46
Pastor Jason Mayhall continues Redemption Bible Church’s four week sermon series entitled “Pray Like Jesus.” This week, Pastor Jason teaches what happens if nothing occurs after we pray to God. Many of us have faced or are facing difficult, painful realities and seeking God’s help. God knows us, and knows what we need. Parents say, “No,” to some requests of their children because the children don’t understand what is coming. Similarly we, as children of God the Father, need to learn God listens to and responds to our prayer requests in the way He knows will lead us to maximize how we might grow in our faith. For example, God may be protecting us from ourselves and from sin we have not dealt with yet. He may be using the opportunity to teach us persistence and to rely on Him more than our own gifts. This does not mean we cannot be anxious about what is in front of us. We see in Matthew chapter 26 how Jesus prayed three different times and expressed some anxiety about what was to come. It is not wrong or sinful for someone to be anxious or to want something different than God’s will. God hears us, loves us, and protects us. God will show us the way and present us with the things we need to help us become the best version of ourselves that we can be. We will not get to a place of peace, healing and submission unless we spend time talking to God.