Every one of us experiences trials and pain in this life. Sometimes, it is easy to lose ourselves in our own difficulties and begin to think that we can do nothing to change things or to make things better. Prayer may begin to feel dry and even pointless. We may begin to feel bitter or abandoned by the Lord.
Not too long ago, I was asked a sincere question that went something like this:
“If it’s God’s will, why do we pray for things? Wouldn’t it show more faith to just leave it in His hands and not try to change His will, through prayer?”
My answer came from thoughts that I had been putting together over about a ten-year span.
Prayer is powerful. It has the power to heal, and it has the power to get us through when healing is not an option. We cannot become who we were meant to become without prayer.
Ponder Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Luke 22:41-44 tells the story in detail:
” 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
From these few scriptures, we can learn how Christ turned the most pain and the most agony ever felt upon the Earth into triumph.
First, our dear Savior prayed and asked for the pain to be removed. Yet in the same sentence He recognized the will of our Father in Heaven as the most important. “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done,” He said.
When things are at their worst, we must pray. It is right to ask our Father in Heaven for the pain and the trial to end. But just like the Savior, we must give up our will and our desired outcome, and fully accept the will of our Father in Heaven.
After Christ said this initial prayer, an angel appeared from heaven giving Him strength. Prayer will bring the angels to us to give us strength and lend us aid.
Even after the angel came, Christ was still in agony. He had already prayed for relief, accepted the will of the Father, and had an angel attending Him. Still the agony continued and increased. Jesus Christ did not falter, and He did not stop praying. The scripture reads, “and being in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
When the pain was at its greatest, what did the Savior do? He prayed more earnestly.
There may be times in our lives when things are so bad and so difficult that after we have prayed, and after we have accepted the will of our Heavenly Father, and even as angels attend us, our pain and our difficulties will increase. In those times, we should remember the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ and pray more earnestly. That is what Christ did to accomplish His mission and become the Savior of the World. Earnest prayer, even when it seems that prayer and angels are not changing things, will help us make it through and become who we were meant to become.
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