We Give Ourselves To Prayer, Part 3of4, Evans Olang

Luke 22:39-45, “41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”

The time is now to slip away and lay before the Lord seeking Him in prayers if we are going to stand. It is the roots that keep the tree standing, and it is the life that gives the tree the fruit and it’s beauty.

Matthew 26:39 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, ….”. In agony and in distress, He knelt, falling on His face and prayed earnestly. His prayer “…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”. This reveals how Christ in His humanity voluntary surrendered His will to the will of the Father in all things. This verse is not suggesting that there was conflict between the divine will and His desires. The will and the desire were in perfect harmony. The desire for the cup to pass Him is also not suggesting that Christ was afraid of the physical torments of the cross brought about by men. He was sorrowful because within hours the full cup of the divine fury against sin would be His drink. The weight of all sin of the world was going to be placed on Him. The pressure was so heavy upon him, the cup was so bitter, the burden was so strange and intolerable, that the flesh cried out for relief. In all He submitted to the will of God the Father knowing that whichever way the Father chose to allow things happen, He would bring the Father glory.

Obedience to and dependence upon God’s will summed up Jesus’ whole life, and at the garden all the way to the cross, you see it demonstrated. In the garden of Eden man said, “LET MY will be done”, in the garden of Gethsemane Jesus said, “NOT MY will but Yours be done”. This is the reason why on our face we seek God in obedience and in submission to His will. How easy it is to pray my will not yielding to His. How easy it is to want to pass the cup, the burden God gave us to someone else. The heavy lifting in prayer is a huge task, the results are amazing.

Three times He prayed that the cup would pass, three times He yielded to the will of God. And the bible says, Luke 22:43-44, “43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”. In total submission, an angel came and strengthened Him. This was complete submission. The influence of the divine nature withdrew for the present, and then, as to his human nature, He was for a little while lower than the angels, and was capable of receiving help from them and in that strengthening. Instead of being delivered from the cup, He was strengthened to drink from the cup and in agony He prayed more earnestly. In 2Corinthians 12:7-10, Paul had what he called a thorn in the flesh to keep him humble and submissive, he says vs. “8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Paul on the other hand desired relief in his distress too but also in obedience to and dependence upon God’s will, He submitted completely and was strengthened, and in that he rejoiced.

Matthew Henry says, “Prayer, though never out of season, is in a special manner seasonable when we are in an agony; and the stronger our agonies are the more lively and frequent our prayers should be. Now it was that Christ offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears, and was heard in that He feared (Heb. 5:7), and in His fear wrestled, as Jacob with the angel.. That, in this agony, His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Sweat came in with sin, and was a branch of the curse, Gen. 3:19. And therefore, when Christ was made sin and a curse for us, He underwent a grievous sweat, that in the sweat of His face we might eat bread, and that He might sanctify and sweeten all our trials to us”

When we are in obedience to and dependence upon God’s will, the Lord will strength us to carry the burdens He gives us in prayer. Do not be discouraged with the burden the Lord puts on you, He will strengthen you to carry it through in prayers and He will gain more glory out of your life. blessings Ev

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