The Purpose of Jesus’ Prayer in John 17

Jesus' high priestly prayer in John 17 serves as a pattern of His intercession that He carries on for us in heaven now. It also serves as an example for our own prayer life. In a nutshell, what Christ asks for us, we should ask for ourselves. “Jesus here shows teachers an example, that they … Continue reading The Purpose of Jesus’ Prayer in John 17

Why Remember Gethsemane?

What are the practical implications for taking time to remember Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)? “Every life has its Gethsemane, and every Gethsemane has its angel.” What an encouragement for us when we wrestle and pray during  times of testing, trial, and temptation! Remembering Gethsemane shows us the sinfulness of our sin. Let us adore our Savior … Continue reading Why Remember Gethsemane?

Unremoved Thorns and Unanswered Prayers

What is it that we are to learn from the Apostle Paul’s thorn that is not removed in spite of his focused prayers for its removal? Many would claim that Paul did not have sufficient  faith or else it would have been removed. However, this is completely contrary to God's Word. Here are a few … Continue reading Unremoved Thorns and Unanswered Prayers

Why Pray?

The story of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane would have resonated deeply with the original recipients of Mark's gospel. The Christians in Rome were suffering intense persecution and affliction due to their loyalty to Christ. How easy it would have been to feel abandoned and forsaken by God. As His own passion commences, … Continue reading Why Pray?