The importance of prayer is emphasized by the fact that even the Son of God had a strong prayer life.  One of those times of prayer we read about was before His crucifixion.  “And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36)  He knew what He was about to be required to endure and was searching for any alternative.  He even made a repeat of His request.  “And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.” (Mark 14:39)  We can learn from this example that it is not wrong to pray for the same thing multiple times.  We also learn that like Jesus did, we should be desiring that the answer to our prayer be God’s will even if it does not match our request.

Today’s reading: Mark 13-14