Mat 26:44-45 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. (45) Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
As I read the above portion of Scripture today I could not help but think these thoughts:
1. There is a time for prayer over the issues of life we face.
2. It is not wrong to ask God the Father to work miracles on our behalf, or to do the impossible.
3. It is good to have people you can rely on to pray with you and for you.
4. As we pray we must be willing to accept God’s will. Even if it is not exactly what we would have hoped it would be.
5. There is a time when prayer over a topic, or situation, or circumstance is done. God has revealed and made plain His will, and it is now time to act on what we know to be God’s will.
As I thought of these last two points specifically I could not help but think, “How many requests do we bring to God in prayer which we agonize over, and He has already made the answer clear?”
I say this not trying to diminish the importance and the necessity of prayer. Far from it! I say this by the example given to us by our Savior in the most trying time of His ministry. There was a time after Jesus spent time in prayer that God’s perfect will was known. There was no more need to ask what should be done. It was time now to act upon God’s perfect will.
Perhaps we are struggling over a matter in prayer. Perhaps we are agonizing over it. I ask these questions (not knowing who may read this post, or what is going on in your life), “Has God already made His will known? Are you asking and agonizing over an issue because, perhaps, you don’t like the answer? Are you hesitating to act on what God has already made clear out of fear?”
I would like to encourage you to step out by faith and trust in God the Father, as our Savior did. Pray, plead, and ask for wisdom and strength. Ask for Him to do the impossible. Yet determine, no matter what His decision is; no matter what His perfect will is, you will trust Him and obey.