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Praying in God’s Will
May 9, 2021

Praying in God’s Will

May 9, 2021

Matthew 20:20-28

Who Prayed This And Somewhat Prayer?

  • It was Salome, a good woman and a friend of the .
  • She was deeply interested in the Jesus had come to establish.
  • She was certainly a of the cause.
  • She gave her two sons, and .
  • She thought this Kingdom was to be and – the same way the disciples did.
  • She wanted to settle a that divided the disciples.
  • Jesus had tried hard to teach them the proper view of .

 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matt. 11:29 NLT

Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matt. 18:3-4 NLT

  • She had a just claim on Jesus to ask – she was a , a .

Where Does Salome’s Prayer Show A Lack Of Spiritual Understanding?

1st Her prayer was based on the assumption that a certain kind of is of necessity.

There is no kind of that can guarantee an abundant, and life. We often have a strange eagerness to be , or , or have to .

2nd Her prayer was thoroughly .

She was really asking to have her sons put in places whether it was good for the or for her or if it was the of the Master. She called Jesus , but she didn’t Him like He was. Her thought of prayer was one of God to her will, instead of her own to that of God’s.

3rd Her prayer was one of conceit.

She forgot the fact that if they shared that power they must it as Jesus had His.

Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!”
Matt. 20:22b NLT

4th Her prayer assumed Jesus was a mere or who could deal out according to whim, instead of according to .

But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. My Father has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
Matt. 20:23b,c NLT

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phil. 2:1-11 NLT

Divine Truth: As with Jesus – we are great in proportion to the completeness of our !


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