36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, Sit down here while I go over yonder and pray.
37 And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to show grief and distress of mind and was deeply depressed.
38 Then He said to them, My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me.
39 And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.
If your child was deeply grieved and almost dying of sorrow, how would you feel? Would you like to alleviate their pain? Is there anything you wouldn’t do to relieve them from their suffering?
That was the situation when Jesus was praying in Gethsemane. Jesus was dreading what was coming up. After he had gone back and found the disciples sleeping, he returned and prayed two more times.
42 Again a second time He went away and prayed, My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, Your will be done.
44 So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, using the same words.
We often find ourselves on our knees, begging God to intercede and do something. We pray that He will take away certain circumstances in our lives or bless us with needs we are sure we have.
The tendency of many when God doesn’t seem to act is to ask WHY?. If you love me God, WHY would you let me suffer like this?
When John the Baptist was in prison and sent his disciples to Jesus, the response he received was:
“5 The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news (the Gospel) preached to them.
6 And blessed (happy, fortunate, and [a]to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth.
John the Baptist was beheaded. But I am sure he had the faith to say “God’s will be done” We live by faith and not by sight. If we have truly died on the cross and been born again our only response to life’s challenges must be “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21