Before his arrest, Jesus went to Gethsemane, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will but as you will (Matthew 26:39).”
We know how God answered that prayer: “It was the will of the Lord to crush him . . . He bore the sin of many (Isaiah 53:10-12).”
Those who pray “Your will be done” often find the path to joy is through pain.
Pray because “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5).”Pray because “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5).”
We were touring Israel together. One man used a cane to steady himself. After 2 days of walking on uneven and rocky terrain, his cane’s rubber bottom wore thin. Our guide suggested we look in tourist shops for something that might work until we got to Jerusalem, where we could get a new cane.
Our next stop was the ancient city of Bet She-An. As walked through the ruins, we came to what once had been stores. Empty of merchandise, with no shop keepers in sight, my husband noticed a rubber disc. It fit perfectly on the bottom of the cane. We used medical tape to hold it in place. It lasted until we arrived in Jerusalem.
God still provides for his people. That is why we pray.
They fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh (Numbers 16:22).
Do you ever fall on your face when you pray? Do you address God as the Sovereign Lord?
The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and our fathers. And when we cried to the Lord, he heard our voice and sent an angel and brought us out of Egypt (Numbers 20:15-16).
When you cry to the Lord, he hears your voice.
Thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling — His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift (2 Corinthians 9:15 AMP).
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).
As I stood watching a young student struggle to obey, the lines of a song flashed through my head: “darkness shall flee at His command.”
I prayed, “Lord, command the darkness to flee” (see James 3:7). I watched the student slowly and deliberately stand up and do what I had asked.
Prayer has great power (see James 5:16).