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This month we’re reading some passages about prayer alongside a chapter of Matthew's Gospel.. As we read the Word it’s important that we apply what we read and pray it out over our lives. One of the way you can do this is by using the acronym SOAP. To find out more about SOAP watch this video.

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Prayer

  • Believers express their relationship with God in prayer. It is the means by which they can enjoy fellowship with Him.
  • God listens attentively to the prayers of His people and answers them.
  • From the gospels it is clear that Jesus was a man of prayer, expressing His dependence on the Father in prayer.
  • Jesus gave a series of wonderful promises of how God will answer prayer.
  • He made clear that it is essential to pray with faith, and taught His disciples how to pray with faith.
  • Our prayers are as sweet-smelling incense to God in heaven.
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1 Peter 4:7

7The end of all things is drawing near. Therefore, you need to think clearly and be self-controlled in the way you live, for then you can pray effectively.

Scripture quoted by permission. The passage above is taken from THE TRUTH VERSION. Copyright © 2009 by Colin Urquhart. All rights reserved worldwide. (The Truth New Testament)

Matthew 26

The plot to arrest Jesus1When Jesus had finished speaking these things publicly, He said to His disciples in private:2"You know that it is only two days to Passover when the Son of Man will be betrayed and crucified."3The high priest, Caiaphas, called together a meeting of the chief priests and elders of the people to plan how they could have Jesus arrested secretly and then killed.5"This must not happen during the feast or the people could riot," they concluded.A woman anoints Jesus6Meanwhile, Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon who had been healed of leprosy.7A woman carrying an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume approached Him while at the table, and poured the perfume over His head.8The disciples were indignant at this. "What a waste," they said.9"This perfume is so valuable it could have been sold and the money given to the poor."10Jesus was aware of their concern and asked them: "Why are you worried about what this woman has done? She has blessed Me in a beautiful way.11You will always have the poor with you, but I will not always be with you.12When this dear woman anointed My body with the perfume, she was preparing it for My burial.13I tell you the truth, what she has done for Me today will be told throughout the world in her memory, wherever the gospel is preached."Judas betrays Jesus14-15At this point Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the chief priests and asked them: "What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?" They agreed to give him thirty silver coins that they counted out there and then.16So from that moment Judas looked for a suitable opportunity to betray Jesus.The Last Supper17On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came and asked Jesus: "Where do You want us to prepare the Passover meal?"18He told them: "Go to a certain man in the city and tell him, 'The Teacher says, 'My appointed time has arrived. I intend to celebrate the Passover with My disciples in your house.'"19They went and did as Jesus had ordered and prepared for the Passover.20-21While eating the evening meal with the twelve, Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, one of you is about to betray Me."22This grieved them and one after another they asked Him: "Surely, it could not be me, Lord?"23Jesus replied: "One of you who shares this meal with Me now will surely betray Me.24The Son of Man will die in precisely the way that has been written prophetically about Him. But the one who betrays the Son of Man will be cursed! He will wish he had never been born!"25Then Judas, the guilty one, said: "Surely You don't refer to me, Master?" Jesus replied: "Yes, you are the betrayer."26During the meal Jesus took some bread into His hands, gave thanks to the Father, broke it and then gave it to His disciples saying: "Take this and eat it; for this is My body."27Then He took a cup in His hands, gave thanks and passed it to His disciples saying: "Drink this, all of you.28The new covenant is being established in My blood that is poured out for many, so their sins might be completely forgiven.29I tell you clearly, that I will not drink wine again from now until I drink the heavenly wine with you in My Father's Kingdom."Jesus predicts His disciples will disown Him30When they had sung praises to God, they left for the Mount of Olives.31Jesus warned them: "Tonight all of you are going to desert Me because of what happens to Me, for it is written, 'God will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of His flock will be scattered.'32But when I have risen after My death, I will go ahead of you to Galilee where you shall see Me again."33Peter reacted: "Even if everyone else leaves You because of what happens to You, I will never do so."34Jesus told him: "I tell you the truth, three times before the cock crows at dawn you will disown the fact that you even know Me."35But Peter insisted: "Even if it means I have to die with You, I will never disown You." And all the other disciples gave the same undertaking.Gethsemane36Jesus then went to a place called Gethsemane. He said to His disciples who went with Him: "Sit here while I go and pray by Myself."37He took only Peter, James and John with Him, and was obviously troubled and full of sorrow.38He told them: "I feel that I could die of grief, so great is My sorrow. Stop here and keep praying for Me."39Jesus went a little further by Himself, fell to the ground on His face and prayed: "My Father, please take this cup of suffering away from Me if this is at all possible. Yet I want Your will above any desires of My own."40When He returned to the three disciples, He found them asleep. "Could you not pray for Me even for one hour?" He asked Peter.41"Wake up and pray that you will not be overcome by temptation. Your spirit is willing, but your body is so weak."42Jesus again went by Himself and prayed: "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup of suffering to be taken away, I simply resign Myself to Your will. I am ready to drink from this cup."43When He returned to the disciples, He discovered they had fallen asleep again; they had been unable to stay awake.44So He left them and went to pray for a third time, submitting Himself again to His Father's will!45Then He returned to them and said: "Are you still sleeping and resting? Wake up! The time has come for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners.46Come on, let us go! Here comes My betrayer!"Jesus' arrest47Even as He was speaking, Judas, who was one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a large crowd armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the chief priests and the other religious leaders.48Judas had arranged to give them a signal, 'The Man you are to arrest is the one I kiss.'49He went straight up to Jesus and said: "It is good to see You, Master!" Then Judas kissed Him.50Jesus said to him: "My friend, what have you come here to do?" But the other men immediately grabbed hold of Jesus and arrested Him.51One of those with Jesus drew his sword and struck out at the high priest's servant, cutting off his ear.52"Put your sword away," Jesus commanded him. "All who depend on the sword will die by the sword!53Surely you realise that if I chose to do so I could call on My Father to help Me, and immediately He would put thousands of angels at My disposal!54But if I was to do that, how could the scriptures be fulfilled that predict that all this must happen?"55Then Jesus addressed the crowd: "Do you think I am the leader of a rebellion? Why have you come with swords and clubs to capture Me? I sat teaching in the temple courts every day, yet you did not arrest Me then.56However, what the prophets wrote has to be fulfilled." At this point all the disciples left Him and fled.Jesus before the chief priests57The crowd that had arrested Jesus took Him to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas, where the teachers of the law and other religious leaders had gathered together.58Peter followed at a safe distance and even entered the courtyard of the high priest's house, where he sat with the guards to see what would happen to Jesus.59The chief priests and the whole Jewish council were trying to find witnesses to testify falsely against Jesus so they could justify putting Him to death.60But although many false witnesses came forward, none of them agreed with each other. Finally, they found two that did agree.61"We heard this man say, 'I can destroy God's temple and rebuild it in three days.'"62Then the chief priest stood and addressed Jesus: "Do You have no answer to this charge? Can You refute the testimony these witnesses bring against You?"63But Jesus said nothing. So the high priest said to Him: "I charge You in the name of the living God, tell us plainly: Are You the Christ, the Messiah, God's Son?"64"Yes, what you have said is the truth," Jesus replied. "And I tell all of you that the time will come when you will see Me as the Son of Man, sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One in heaven and coming on the clouds of glory!"65Then the high priest tore his clothes as a sign of his disgust and said: "This is blasphemy! We do not need to look for any further witnesses, do we? You have all heard for yourselves the blasphemy He has spoken.66What is your judgment?" "He deserves the death penalty," they answered.67-68Then they spat in Jesus' face and punched Him. Others struck Him saying: "Prophesy to us now, O Christ. Who hit You?"Peter denies knowing Christ69As Peter was sitting in the courtyard, one of the servant girls challenged him: "You were with this Jesus of Galilee, weren't you?"70He denied this in front of everyone. "I have no idea what you are talking about," he said.71He went to the entrance, but there another servant girl looked at him and said to the others: "This man was with Jesus of Nazareth."72Again Peter denied this: "I swear I do not know the Man!"73A little while later, the others approached Peter and said: "You must be one of His followers. Your accent gives you away."74Then Peter began to curse and swear: "I do not even know this Man!" No sooner had he spoken, than he heard the cock crow and immediately remembered what Jesus had said: "Before you hear the cock crow, you will declare three times that you do not even know Me."75And Peter went out and wept bitter tears of remorse.

Scripture quoted by permission. The passage above is taken from THE TRUTH VERSION. Copyright © 2009 by Colin Urquhart. All rights reserved worldwide. (The Truth New Testament)


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