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Fervently Surrendered

Matthew 26:36-46

Verse 39 Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Have you ever prayed so hard about something that you cried due to the agony in your deepest being? That is where we find Jesus today.

Having just finished His last supper with His closest followers, one of which had left the meal to sell Him out, we find Jesus taking a walk with the remaining disciples on a familiar path to a favorite place of peace, the garden of Gethsemane. He tells 8 of the disciples to sit at one spot and as He continues with His most inner circle He starts slipping into great sorrow. What a bittersweet gift for these three men as the Savior of the world, the Man of God begins revealing His deepest, most human feelings. He tells how deep His sorrow is and asks that they watch with Him. It seems like a small thing to ask, doesn't it? And yet they don't seem up to the task.

The name Gethsemane is derived from the Aramaic word for oil press, what better place for Jesus to feel the pressure of the world and His calling. Leaving the 3, He goes a little farther and notice what He does - He falls face first to the ground. Remember we mentioned a few days ago that the response most often given to encountering God was the person falling on their face? Here we find Jesus, the very Son of God and second person of the God-head in the very same position. He wasn't standing talking to God as His equal, Jesus was in His very human nature at this moment. He was wrestling in prayer like very few ever do. He did this three times that night. Alone as His closest friends slept.

His human heart was breaking. The suffering He knew was coming was now so close at hand that He could feel the spiritual battle between flesh and spirit tearing Him to His core. He knew within the next few hours His closest friends would be running for their lives. Within 24 hours His mother would be witnessing the pain of the sword piercing her heart that Simeon had prophesied when Jesus was but an infant. And the greatest pain of all, separation from the Father while hanging in the dark on the cross. These were the darkest moments of Jesus' journey to the cross. His moments of human surrender.

Making it personal

Have you ever prayed fervently in surrender about something that you weren't sure you were ready to obey God in? Have you ever prayed deeply about a desire to obey Him in all ways? What is the thing that is hardest for you to surrender?

Making it personal kids

Do you know how to pray to God about what is going on in your life that bothers you? Do you know that God listens to even our smallest prayers to Him? What do you want to pray about right now?

Closing prayer

Father, we surrender. Where we struggle in wanting your will, help us to want it no matter the cost. Help us follow in the way of the cross, especially in this point of surrender. Thank You. In Jesus' name, amen.

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