KEY SCRIPTURE: Matt 26:36.”Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.”
Joseph M Scriven who penned the poem, “What a friend we have in Jesus”., which was meant to encourage his mother, and later became a hymn, has a lot to say to us. One of the lines reads. “O what peace we often forfeit, O! what needless pains we have to bear. All because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer” The Lord Jesus had to go through, a moment of disgrace, pain, rejection, and finally death on the cross. He needed strength from the father to overcome. Humanly speaking it was impossible, for Him to carry away the sin and sickness of all humanity. He was to be separated from the father for the first time.
Prayer is our only means of participating in the strength of the Father.
Prayer is a fellowship with the divine. If we would learn to pray, a lot of our sorrows and difficulties would be overcome. The Lord did not go to ask the father to stop the trouble, although His human, nature seeing the vast magnitude of the challenge, asked that the father takes away that bitter cup of suffering, yet He said, not my will but the will of the Father be done. Apostle James wrote in, James 5:13 that
“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. ……..”
The Lord says, if you are in any trouble, pray, because He intends to answer you.
Dear brother or sister, do not allow your life to be enveloped in anxiety and depression, because of an anticipated trouble., pray about it. Philippians 4:6 says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The challenge of some is that they pray, yet they would not let go the worry and burden into God’s hands. Just consider another assurance from God Peter 5:7. “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Note; It is one thing praying, and another thing casting the burden into God’s hands.
THOUGHT: PRAYER IS NOT AN ESCAPIST APPROACH, BUT A SURE WAY OF BRINGING, GOD’S INTERVENTION
Matthew 7:7-8. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
1 John 5:14. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: