Read Luke 22 in your Bible. Or you can also read it here.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. – Luke 22:42-44
In this part of the story, Jesus’ death is approaching. I can only imagine the torment that He went through, knowing what He was facing. Yet, for several reasons, I am also inspired by the verses above.
1 – Jesus knew full well that He was up against terrible pain and torture. However, He still was able to say in essence, “Thy will be done.” Seeing Jesus’ attitude in this moment can help us to face life’s difficulties differently. Many of us tend to gripe over much smaller matters, myself included. But no matter what we are facing, we too can say, “Thy will be done.” When we have a close relationship with Almighty God, we know there is no safer place to be, and we can trust Him. As it says in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” And even in the midst of difficult circumstances, when we have this attitude, we can even embrace the peace that surpasses all understanding (Phil 4:6).
2 – I appreciate the fact that Jesus prayed when He was facing an unbearable situation. When we are dealing with painful circumstances, turning to God in prayer is vital. We are not merely praying to seek His help, but we are seeking His presence and His comfort. When we pray, and place our troubles in the Lord’s hands, we are acknowledging that our God is bigger than the mountain in front of us.
3 – I also want to point out that it says, “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.” When we turn to the Lord, He will be faithful to comfort us and strengthen us.
No matter what trials you are facing in your life, I encourage you to seek God. He will be your safe place. He will comfort you and strengthen you. He will bring you peace.
If you are also participating in the Gratitude Challenge, today is day 93 of 100. Continue to write down ten things you are grateful for today!
© 2021 Bridget A. Thomas