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Matthew 26

Chapter 26:

v. 44: Notice the fervor of Christ’s prayer; this is his third time to ask God for a way to avoid going to the cross.  Notice also that Christ does not receive what he asks for, though there can be no doubt that he asks for it in perfect faith.  Thus, his own words in 21:21-22 do not express an absolute truth but rather a general principle.  Sometimes, if the request is not in accord with the will of God, even the strongest faith will not achieve the desired effect.  Sometimes God may not give us what we ask for in prayer because our faith is too small, but I think this is a rare occasion since our faith only has to be the size of a mustard seed to be effective (see notes on Mark 9:24, 28).  At other times, he may not grant our requests because they are not in accord with his will. In either case, he still loves us even as he denies our request.  As a demonstration of his love for Christ, he sends an angel to comfort him here in the garden (Luke 22:43).

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