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The Most Powerful Virtue (3 of 8)
Series: A Treasury of Virtues
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I want you to look in verse 7 of our text, if you will. This is probably a reference to Christ's experience in the garden of Gethsemane. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed to the One who was able to save Him from death. Was Jesus saved from death? You say, "No, Jesus was not saved from death." Well, look in the last part of that verse. It says that He was "heard because of his godly fear." If Jesus prayed to the One who was able to save Him from death, and if God heard His prayer and, yet, Jesus had to die on the cross, what's the deal? Here's the deal. Jesus was saved from death through the resurrection. Jesus is alive and, furthermore, He's alive forevermore.
But in this verse we see the passionate, pleading, pointed, powerful prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ. And once again, if Jesus is our example in all things, He is certainly our example in prayer. With Jesus prayer was not a nicety; it was a necessity. With Jesus prayer was not merely an opportunity; it was an obligation.
Now, I want to ask you: He had a ministry of three years. How much do you think Jesus accomplished apart from prayer during those three years? How many things do you think He did just on His own without praying about it? Do you want me to tell you? Nothing. Now, let me give you a scripture. Look in John 5:19 (read). Now, that is the Son of God. Jesus said, "I can do nothing apart from the Father." Again Jesus said in John 14:10, "Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Jesus did absolutely, totally nothing apart from the anointing, the leadership, and the power that comes from answered prayer.
Do you know what Martin Luther said? Martin Luther said, "As it is the business of tailors to make clothes, and as it is the business of cobbler ...
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