Key Verse: “He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.” Luke 22:41
Are you going through a hard time? Trouble comes in all forms – family problems, financial problems, emotional stress or personal illness, just to name a few. Having just been betrayed by a close friend and knowing that his accusers were coming to take Him to His death, Jesus got alone to pray. How He prayed that night gives us insight into how we should pray when we experience times of deep hurt and pain.
1. Acknowledge that God is ultimately in control of your situation. The first thing that Jesus did when He began to pray was acknowledge that God was ultimately in control of His situation. In Luke 22:42, Jesus prays, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
2. Accept the fact that God may not answer your prayer the way you expect. There are going to be times when prayer will NOT change what’s going to happen.It is not that God can’t change it, but sometimes He has a bigger purpose. We’ve all prayed that God would open a door and it was closed. We’ve all prayed that God would bless us with something, and He didn’t. Those seemingly unanswered prayers can turn us into bitter people and drive us away from God if we let them. Jesus knows exactly how that feels. He knows exactly what it feels like when your soul is torn and you wish God would rescue you and you pray with all your heart. As he prayed in Gethsemane, He knew that God would not ‘remove the cup’, so rather He for strength.
3. Humble yourself to accept to His answer. Sometimes the result of prayer isn’t that things change, but that we change. You’ve probably heard the old saying that, “prayer changes things.” That’s true, but way of thinking about prayer is that “prayer changes me.” Jesus prayed, “not my will, but yours be done.”
When you are unable to cope with your troubles; we give over them to God and trust Him.1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully” (Amplified version).