What Can You Do When You Are Anxious And Suffering?
Do you really want God’s will to be done in your life?
What if it comes at great cost?
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”³³ He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled.³⁴ “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep
watch.” ³⁵ Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed
that if possible the hour might pass from him. ³⁶ “Abba, Father,” he said,“everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will,but what you will.” ³⁷ Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep
watch for one hour? ³⁸ Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus new he was going to be tortured and die on the cross when he was praying the night before his crucifixion. Yes, he is full God, but he is also fully man. He didn’t want to go through what he needed to go through. He prayed that this time of suffering might pass from him. He asked God if
there was any other way for his Father’s will to be done. It’s important to be real with God. To let him know that you don’t want to suffer, and you know he could rescue you if he chooses, but not your will but his be done. When you pray you can passionately plead with the Lord for deliverance,
for a different outcome but no matter what happens, you will accept God’s path and plan. If his will involves suffering, pray for the courage and strength to suffer well. This is a difficult pray when you are truly hurting, but God honors and answers these cries out to him.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame,because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.