Beyond the Stars

Matthew 26:36-46 (NIV)

Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Lyrics

VERSE 1

Looking up in the middle of night 

To the stars as they twinkle with light 

Each of them given a name, knowing from Whom they came

 

This task I’ve been given from You 

Is what You have sent Me to do 

But if possible, Father I pray, let this cup pass Me by, be taken away

 

PRE-CHORUS

I send my prayers 

Beyond the stars 

Abba hear 

The cry of My heart 

 

CHORUS

Abba, Father, hear My cry, hear My prayer 

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow, My soul is troubled by death 

Your will, not Mine, is what I plan to do 

Spirit, grant Me strength, these prayers I send to You

Beyond the stars 

 

VERSE 2

This cup is My burden to bear 

For people lost in despair 

Seek and save the lost, I will do at any cost 

 

The Spirit is willing always 

But the flesh seeks death and betrays 

Fulfill Your will it is done, Father I am, Your Son 

 

PRE-CHORUS

I send My prayers 

Beyond the stars 

Abba hear 

The cry of My heart 

 

CHORUS

Abba, Father, hear My cry, hear My prayer 

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow, My soul is troubled by death 

Your will, not Mine, is what I plan to do 

Spirit, grant Me strength, these prayers I send to You

Beyond the stars 

Beyond the stars 

 

BRIDGE [4X]

Father 

Perfect in love 

Whatever comes I pray 

Your will

Let it be done 

Now and forever and always

 

CHORUS

Abba, Father, hear My cry, hear My prayer 

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow, My soul is troubled by death 

Your will, not Mine, is what I plan to do 

Spirit, grant Me strength, these prayers I send to You

Beyond the stars 

Beyond the stars 

Beyond the stars 

Image by Jeremy Thomas

Dive Deeper

 

 

 

          Before you dive deeper into Beyond the Stars, find a quiet place so you can sit and think without being interrupted. Take a minute to breathe deeply, and quiet your heart and mind  as you read Matthew 26:36-46. This study will be different from the others as it will be extremely interactive. This Dive Deeper is designed for you to pray to God and seek Him as Christ sought God in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. To begin this time of prayer, pray and invite the Holy Spirit to be with you,  and know that He comes when you ask. Pray this prayer out loud. 

 

Holy Spirit, I ask you to come and dwell in this room with me as I pray. Dwell in my heart, pray the prayers I cannot pray, and move as you desire today… Amen

 

          Envision yourself entering the garden for the first time. A blanket of stars covers you as you follow a path to the top of a small hill. As you come to the top of the hill you find a larger rock underneath a tree, almost like a table in the outdoors. As you approach the rock, you hear the babbling of the brook to your right and the chirping of the crickets as a cool summer’s breeze rushes by. 

 

          You kneel and fold your hands in a praying position…. You lift your head and look to the stars which glow like permanent fireflies in the night sky… As you pray, I want you to remember to keep your head up, look to Jesus….

 

Prayer 1: Confession…. Confession is the act of revealing truth before another person/witness. Acts of confession are typically given by a person who has committed an offensive action towards another person. For instance, if we speak ill of others or mistreat them, we will feel guilty or convicted of our wrong doings. Christ, however, tells us what we are able to do in these situations. We are told in scripture that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Take this time to confess your sins before God, handing them over to Him, and knowing He paid for them on the cross. Imagine you are taking off a jacket with the offense you have committed written on it and handing it over to Christ, as you pray this prayer in the garden… 

 

Father, I confess I have sinned against [insert the name of a person, group, self, or God, here] and have desired the ways of the earth rather than the ways above. I confess I have bought into these sins and have chosen to be [insert sin struggle here: lustful, prideful, envious, jealous, deceitful, dishonest] and believed they could bring me satisfaction in my heart when only You can. I confess these sins to you, Father, and ask you to reveal any other sin-barriers between You and me so I may confess them before You… Amen

 

Prayer 2: Seeking Forgiveness… As we forgive, we are forgiven. The Bible tells us our Father in Heaven is just to forgive us of our sins and will purify us as we confess and as we forgive. Forgiveness takes place as we allow the offense before us to be transformed and resolved so it no longer stands between us and the other person in our heart. In doing this, we are able to see and love others as Christ loves. As we are able to receive forgiveness, we must also forgive others. To seek forgiveness from God, ask for it in prayer, but to seek forgiveness from others you must ask for it from them. We must forgive them of any wrongdoing against us if we wish to bring healing to the relationship. Forgiveness may feel like a process and oftentimes it is, but begin this process today. Pray this prayer in the garden…

 

Father, I am humbled before you and thank you for your forgiveness. I pray and ask for you to forgive me for my sin and help me walk in your ways. Father, I release [enter person’s name here] to you and ask you to bless them in the name of Jesus. I forgive them of [enter offense here] and release them into your hands. Father Help me to bless those who have hurt me so I may walk in righteousness and be close to your side, showing your love all the days of my life. Help me to understand the great depths of your love so I may come to greater understandings of your forgiveness and grace every day. Help me love others as you love them… Amen

 

Prayer 3: Repentance… Now that we have confessed our sins, asked for forgiveness, and forgiven (released the offense done against us), we are ready to begin walking in a new direction. In order to walk in this new direction, we must repent of our sins. To repent from something means to turn away from it. Therefore, as we have sought after the Lord and received His forgiveness we must turn away from these old ways and walk in the ways of righteousness.  Pray this prayer of repentance and see yourself turning away from these old habits and turning to the Father in the garden.

 

Father, thank you for your unfailing love towards me. I repent from my old ways and turn to you, seeking you with all my heart. Father, I no longer wish to walk in this sin but desire to walk by your side. Help me to desire the things above rather than the sinful desires of my heart so I may know the depths of your joy, peace, love, and hope given to me through the sacrifice of your son. 

 

[now pray through the first 12 verses of Psalm 51 below]

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
    sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
    you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
    let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
    or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

 

Prayer 4: Rejecting Lies and Accepting Truth…           Now that you have turned from your old ways, it is time to reject these lies of the enemy you have once bought into and accept the truth of God. The enemy, Satan, has been trying to make you feel shame, guilt, etc. and see yourself poorly as you confess these truths, so you will not seek the Lord in them. However, God does not see you this way. Paul tells us in Romans 8:38-39 “38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Therefore, you have confidence in knowing you can never be separated from God once you have asked Him into your heart. Choose to no longer walk in your sin but to experience the freedom and healing in Jesus Christ. Reject the lies and walk in the light of your Father’s love for you. Pray this prayer as you reject these lies in the garden and accept God’s truth in your heart today. 

 

Father, I reject the lies of the enemy and turn to you. Thank you for forgiving me, for listening to my prayers, for working in my heart. Father, I see how you have been present in my life and ask you to remind me even now of your love for me. [If you wish to follow after Christ and experience this freedom, pray this prayer: Father, I ask you to come into my heart today. I give my life to you in surrender and choose to live for you and you alone. I confess you are real and thank you for what you have done on the cross so I may be adopted into a holy and eternal relationship. Thank you for dying on the cross, for taking the weight of the world’s sin upon your shoulder, and thank you for the hope you have given us as you arose from the grave and defeated death and sin to give us this new covenant in you] Thank you for your forgiveness unto me, and I ask you to help these truths to resonate and grow in my heart as I declare them with my mouth. In Christ, I can do all things [Phil.4:13], I am free from all bondage [2 Cor.3:17, Gal. 5:1], I have been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind [2 Tim. 1:7], I am led in triumph [1 Peter 5:7], I am cared for and do not need to worry [Mt 6:25-32], I have confidence for Christ has overcome the world and its tribulations [John 16:33].

 

Prayer 5: Listening… After you finish the prayer above, take this time to sit quietly and listen for what the Father is speaking to you. Write down anything you feel God has spoken to you or shown you and then pray over these words/vision asking the Lord to reveal His truth to you.

 

[Listen]

 

          After you have done this, see yourself now standing and leaving the garden. What does the air feel like? Do you feel lighter? It is my prayer you will have experienced the healing, forgiveness, and love of Jesus Christ. When you are ready, walk through this process again and know that as you send your prayers beyond the stars, He is listening…

Image by Ryan Hutton

Hidden

 Features

Biblical Point of View:

Jesus

Musical Explanation:

  • The song begins with a cello to represent the fact it is sung from

        the point of view of Jesus. 

  • The stars are symbolic of God and Jesus singing to God. Jesus

        singing “Beyond the stars” is symbolic of Him praying to God. This is important to note because Jesus is                     demonstrating the importance of prayer and seeking the council of the Lord who is present in the world                     through His Spirit, but not a part of it (see the Dive Deeper section of Now and Forever and Always)

  • Both Jesus and Joseph sing to the stars, representing them praying to God and seeking their help from above in their current circumstance below. 

  • In verse 2 Jesus sings “Seek and save the lost, I will do at any cost”. This line references numerous other songs/themes with the same dialogue (ex. Seek = Seek Knock and Pray, Lost = theme present in Arise before Jesus came, Cost = The Cost)

  • The intro to Arise is played again in Beyond the stars during verse 2 when Jesus sings “The Spirit is willing always, but the flesh seeks death and betrays, fulfill your will It is done, Father I am your son”. This melody is played here because the power of the Spirit of God raised this boy back to life and the father’s will was done in this situation. However, the flesh is betraying because it does not have eternal prosperities to it and cannot last forever. 

  • The bridge of this song Is sung four times to represent Jesus’ wrestling with God in this song. The change of words during the 4th time Jesus sings this song represents Jesus knowing what He has to do and acknowledging what He is to do is the Father’s will. 

  • At the end of the song Jesus sings “Beyond the stars” three times, and this is symbolic of Jesus going off to pray three times in the garden as told about in scripture.  

How to sing:

This song is to be sung with immense feeling as one pleads to God in prayer. Meditate on the verse/phrase “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by”. It should be sung with a sense of urgency yet content in doing the Lord’s will. As you listen to/sing this song envision how Jesus must have felt in the garden of Gethsemane and the immensity of the task He had been sent to fulfill. 

Beyond the Stars