Growing Faith in an Anxious Age

By Rick Bayer, September 18, 2022

Mark 14:32-36

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

How Anxiety Shows up:

  1. Spinning
  2. Racing
  3. Tight

Two Types of Anxiety

  1. Anxiety
  2. (relational) Anxiety

Three ways to grow your faith in anxious age

  1. Talk to your v. 32-34
  2. Talk back to your v. 36
  3. Talk to your v. 35-36

We can only be a non-anxious presence with God's presence.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation… present your request to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


  • Of the three ways that anxiety shows up (spinning mind, racing heart, body tightening) which one manifests itself in your body?
  • How aware are you of anxiety creeping into your body?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Mark 14:32-36.
  • In your own words, how would you describe Jesus’ state here?
  • How do you feel knowing Jesus understands your weaknesses and anxious times?
  • What is Jesus’ deepest desire in Gethsemane? Yet how does He pray?

Live it out:

  • Who do you have who can ‘watch and pray’ (v. 35) for you?
  • What anxious thoughts can you take to the Father now so you can live as a ‘non-anxious presence’ mindful of His presence?