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December 18 | PRAYER

Matthew 26:39 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.”

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.”

44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Three times…Jesus prayed repetitious, fervent, desperate, excruciating prayers! Can you imagine the emotions, tone and volume of these prayers. This passage seems to imply the tormenting desire to be saved from this path of death. But Jesus included His passion to fulfill His Father’s desire and will. Luke 22:44 reads, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.’

The advent of Jesus eventually led to His painful and agonizing prayers.

I wonder if God allows the painful paths to call us to desperate prayers? Our human response automatically lead us to think that God is judging us, or sovereignly paying us back for our bad past. I think this is furthest from the truth.

Let’s recognize the greatness of Jesus’ grace to endure such hostility and suffering because of His love for His Father and His creation. May our souls erupt with praise!

Let’s pray desperate prayers for our loved ones: family and friends, who are on a journey of suffering.

Let’s thank Him for His merciful heart to overlook our “sleepiness” in times where God is calling on us to love, pray, stay awake…!