Prayer in Trials (Luke 22:39-46)

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”  (Luke 22:39-46)

Learn it:

            Jesus is facing his imminent death and it leads him to go to the place he usual goes to, to pray.  In Luke Jesus spends a lot of time in prayer and it is an important tool he uses.  Even though he is the Son of God he still takes time to pray to his Father.  When Jesus prays it is humble and direct.  Jesus knows God’s plan for his life and that he has to die.  He still asks the Father if there is another way but knowing he will do whatever God says.  God always answers prayers and even though there is not another path for Jesus, God sends him an angel to strengthen him to endure what lies before him. 

            Jesus then begins to pray even harder!  So hard that he begins to sweat drops of blood!  Now that is some intense prayer.  Jesus understands that God’s plans are not changing so he then has to depend even more on God.  As he finishes up his prayer he turns back to his disciples and finds them sleeping.  He desires that they would have been praying like he has been praying but they are not.  After waking them up, he again encourages them to pray again. 

Live it:

            When we face hard times in life we need to get on our knees and pray.  Often our lives seem to be moving so fast that taking the time to pray may feel impossible.  Or it may not even cross our minds.  Praying must be our first response to a trail and we must have the faith to know that God will respond.  He may change the circumstances or, like Jesus, he will give us the strength to endure them.  I encourage you right now to stop and pray about whatever may be going on in your life.  Pray that God will either change them or empower you to withstand it.  However God answers your prayer continue to walk forward in faith knowing that God is with you.

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