Manna For Today: Friday, April 8, 2016
I Peter 2:21 – These things are all a part of the Christian life to which you have been called. Christ suffered for us. This shows us we are to follow in His steps.
What would we do if God had left us without a strategy for dealing with difficulty? It doesn’t take long to know that in life there will be tough times.
So how are we to manage them? We use what Christ taught us in His days of pain and suffering.
In the day of pain and suffering:
1. We reach out to friends who can share the weight of our pain.
Matthew 26:36-39 – Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane. He said to them, “You sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him. He began to have much sorrow and a heavy heart. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is very sad. My soul is so full of sorrow I am ready to die. You stay here and watch with Me.” 39 He went on a little farther and got down with His face on the ground. He prayed, “My Father, if it can be done, take away what is before Me. Even so, not what I want but what You want.”
2. We reach out to God and pray the Gethsemane prayer.
Mark 14:35-36 – Jesus fell face down on the ground and prayed that if possible, he would not have to suffer the pain ahead of him. He prayed ‘Abba! Father! I know you can do all things. And I don’t want to have to drink this cup of suffering. Nevertheless, I want your will, not mine, to be done.’
What Christ prayed in Gethsemane was artful to say the least.
Consider the structure of His prayer in Mark 14:35-36:
• Affirm God’s power; ‘I know you can do anything.”
• Express your desire; “I don’t want this pain.”
• Offer your trust; “I want your will; not mine!”
My friend, if you are in a painful set of circumstances that is causing much suffering, be encouraged to pray as Christ prayed in Gethsemane. God’s grace to move forward awaits you!
Peace and blessings!