Judas knew where to find Jesus – in His place of prayer. Jesus’ struggle would last three hours long as He wrestled with the greatest stress any human being could endure – for us. He didn’t pray glib prayers. He knew what was coming, and while He wanted to be in the comfort of His friends, He knew this was something He had to face on His own. He was deeply grieved, anguished, even overwhelmed, but He didn’t stop working this through with the Father. Redemption had begun.
“He went forward a little, and fell face downward on the ground, and prayed, ‘My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. But, I want your will, not mine.’” (Matthew 26:39; TLB)
Give Him 15 minutes in prayer:
- Read Matthew 26:36-42. Sit and think about what Jesus was going through. He wrestled with God for the grace to finish His task – our salvation, our lives, even the future of our nation! Such a great price. We can’t even comprehend it!
- Worship the Lord, for He is worthy!
- Tell Him that you want to do His Will and follow His Word. Ask Him for grace to do whatever He says, no matter how hard! He understands.
A prayer you can pray:
Jesus, I can’t even begin to understand the level of anguish You were dealing with as You wrestled in the Garden of Gethsemane for the grace to go to the cross. Your humanity was showing, showing me how great the cost of our salvation was to You, the cost of Your future plans – even the establishment of this nation. I worship You for You are worthy to be worshipped. Grant me the grace that I need to follow You wherever You are going. Amen.
Jesus is worthy of all worship and praise and adoration and exaltation!