Good Wednesday to you! The following passage We see Jesus praying for a desire he has, and how he approaches his Father in regards to his desire. Come join us at our Sunday Gatherings, 9:00am and 10:45am. See you there!  - Max


CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ What is a desire that you have today? How will you rely on Jesus to achieve this?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.

DISCOVER  [ Luke 22:39-46 ] 39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

_ Where do we find Jesus located in vs 39? Who is with him?
_ Jesus has warned his disciples prior on what is about to take place; what does his command to the disciples in vs 40 teach us about Jesus knowing the disciples fallen nature? What does that mean for us?
_ Why does this passage mention how far he was from his disciples and his physical position in vs 41?
_ What does Jesus mean by “this cup”? (Look at Isaiah 51:17). Why is Jesus asking the Father to forgo this cup?
_ What is Jesus’ desire in the first part of his prayer, and what is the desire in the second part? Are the desires different?
_ What does the prayer teach us about praying for desire?
_ What does the angel do to Jesus in 43? Why is this important?
_ What does vs 44 show about how deep Jesus was in prayer? Why was he in agony?
_ What does vs 45-46 show of Jesus’ patience? Why does Jesus’ have them pray the same prayer? What is Jesus’ desire in  having the disciples pray this prayer?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?  

+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience?  (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)

+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)