Friday, March 21, 2008

Station 1

Jesus Prays Alone

Luke 22:39-44

Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.


God calls us to do big things. Often we feel overwhelmed, afraid, or nervous. We are unsure of what to do. Unsure of what will actually happen. Our worry and anxiety consume our hearts and minds as we plan with fear and trembling.

We trust God. True. But just because God is good does not mean everything we do will happen as it should.

We, after all, are prone to error.

At those times we must follow the example of Jesus. We must turn to God in prayer. Find a quiet place, free from distractions, and turn it over to God.

“If you are willing God, take this cup from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.”

We are free to ask for reprieve. Free to petition for a different path. But ultimately our prayer is for God’s will to be done, not our own.

“…thy kingdom come, thy will be done…”

Whatever it is in your life, whatever God has called you to do, take time now to turn it over to God.

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