Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Prayer through Suffering

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  (Luke 22:39-40)

Judas, soldiers, death.  The only preparation for this devilish onslaught is prayer to His heavenly Father.  “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from Me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.”  He leaves His own desires at the Father’s throne.  The Father’s will has been clear for the ages.  It is to love fallen man.  So Jesus must bear that cup of suffering.  The angel helps Him, though He drops sweat like blood in the face of this agony.  He will win salvation.  He will conquer death.  He will do His Father’s will.  Even in His humble state, He is resolute to win your salvation.

O Lord, help me to deny myself and bear my cross.  Amen.

Around the Word Devotions, Apr 1, 2015

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