Key Scriptures: Mark 14:26 TPT; Matthew 26:36 TPT; John 18:1-6 TPT; 1 Samuel 30:6-8 NKJV
Key Word: Worry: to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
- Jesus did not hide His worry but was fully honest with God and His disciples.
- Jesus responded to worry with prayer.
- The power of God is released when you declare the name of God.
- There are times in life when we do not know what’s coming so we must prepare right to respond right.
- Jesus prayed during the tough seasons because He knew His position.
- Never make a decision because of worry or while you are grieving.
- It’s okay to be vulnerable with God and with those who love you.
Let’s Talk: Can you remember a time when you responded the wrong way to trouble in your life?
What was the moment you realized you had responded wrongly?
Were you able to correct your response? If yes, what was the outcome? If no, what was the outcome?
If you could go back in time, how would you handle the situation differently?
Let’s Think: Jesus responded to His worry with prayer. He postured Himself to receive strength and encouragement from the Father instead of trying to handle everything by Himself.
What areas in your life have you been worrying about and not taking it to God in prayer?
How can responding with worship and prayer help you with worry?
Going Deeper: As Jesus finished His prayer time in the garden, He was strengthened for the task ahead. He knew the betrayer was coming with soldiers to arrest Him, but He did not run and hide. Instead, He goes out to meet them! As he is confronted by the soldiers, He asked them, “who are you looking for?” The soldiers reply, “Jesus of Nazareth” and Jesus said, “I Am He!” Immediately the soldiers are knocked back and fall to the ground! When we face our problems head on and declare the name of Jesus, our troubles will be knocked to the ground!
What situation or circumstance are you facing in life that you have be unwilling to face head on?
What is one step you can take today to help you face your situation with strength and authority?
Walk It Out: Jesus often went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. It was His “secret place”, a place where He could be alone with God.
Do you have a secret place to pray? If not, find a place where you can be alone with God. It might be the shower, driving your car to work, or a quiet back room in your house. Make a habit of going to your Garden “secret place” to posture yourself before God in prayer and worship.