Currently reading a 42-day devotion on YouVersion called “Changed”. The last several days it’s all been about prayer. In Luke 22:42 & 43, we learn how Jesus prayed when faced with temptation:
“He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw…”- Jesus went AWAY from the place that was tempting him. He needed to a moment to clear His head and take an objective moment. I frequently sin in the moment, “without thinking about it.”
“knelt down…”- Jesus displays humility in his action and physical position. He adjusts His posture.
“and prayed, ‘Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?’…”- Jesus tells God straight up what He wants, not beating around the bush and without fancy words. But then, asks God to reveal to Jesus the will of the Father. Of course, Jesus knows the answer. So do we. When faced with temptation, we frequently know “the right thing to do”; we generally lack the will and desire to do so. What happens next is key:
“At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him…”- God responds to the prayers of His people, even to Jesus. But…something interesting happens-
“He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.”- Jesus did not stop praying. In fact, He prayed MORE. So much, that He sweat blood. When I run, I sweat like crazy, disgustingly sweaty. When faced with temptation…what if I prayed like this? With effort?
Prayer- presence of mind to gain perspective, humility in posture and words, receiving strength and persistence. Help me to be a faithful pray-er!