"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.'" Matthew 26:39
In His final hours, Jesus took His disciple to Gethsemane. He went there to pray. Jesus even told Peter and the two sons of Zebedee in verse 38, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Then Jesus went a little farther, and He fell face-first to the ground and began praying. Jesus was fully God, but He was also fully human. Jesus knew what God required of Him in this moment, and Jesus went to God...surrendering through prayer! His prayer was powerful: "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will." Jesus was obedient to the Father; He surrendered His life to God...even to the point of death by crucifixion. Nothing that you or I ever go through or have gone through can be compared to what Jesus went through in these moments of His life and the moments that led to His death by crucifixion. He died a humiliating and painful death that He did not deserve. He paid a sin debt that He did not owe. It was my sin debt, and it should have been my humiliating and painful death.
Have you ever been to the place in your life where you knew God was calling you to do something that you did not want to do? Did you pray about it? Did you pray for God's will or your own? Did you surrender through prayer? Or did you run from it? Did you go around it or avoid it? Maybe you are in that place right now. Are you praying about it? Are you praying for God's will or your own? Are you surrendering through prayer? Are you running from it? Avoiding it? Do you have a Gethsemane like Jesus had? Do you have a place where you can go and be alone with God to pour out your heart to Him in prayer? Jesus showed us in Matthew 26 how to pray when we are hurting and when God's will for our live's is hard, when we are overwhelmed. Jesus even went on in Matthew 26:42 to say, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may Your will be done." God was with Jesus in Gethsemane. God heard His prayer, and God answered His prayer. He gave Jesus the strength to face the tough times head-on! And when you go to God, surrendering through prayer, He will hear you and answer you. When you pray for God's will to be done above your own, He will hear you and answer you. God will give you strength for the tough times! God will give you what you need so that you can face the tough times head-on!