And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. - Luke 22: 39-46
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. - Luke 18: 29-30
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. - I Peter 5: 6-7
Lord guide us to you.
Thank you for approaching us with a clear plan of salvation.
Help us to realize that while it is simple to enter into a relationship with you, simple does not mean easy. It was simple for you to die on the cross, but as shown by your agonizing prayer while the disciples slept, it was an extremely difficult path you chose to walk.
Our adoption into your family is paid for by your sacrifice, - it all seems so easy.
We may now grow in the knowledge of who you are, how this world is truly ordered, and what you have done for us.
Lord we believe you.
Lord - we believe in you.
Dear Jesus; - thank you for what you have done for us. Based on that knowledge, we must give ourselves up as you have, guide us as we walk with you.
It is in your death and resurrection that we find the power to overcome our training - and the strength to yield to the truth.
You are truth.
To live our lives with any other central focus will be to lose sight of your truth.
We give up control of - family, nation, party, friends, jobs and all we thought was our responsibility. We are yours. We come to you and give you what we thought was most important.
Take care of us, we cast our cares on you.
In Jesus name we now come to talk with you --