“And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:44
Inscription and inspiration both tend to come from some very interesting places for me lately. I have to be honest in the fact that this week it came from cleaning out a drawer of old t-shirts in my closet. I came across a shirt that I remember buying when I was a sophomore in high school. It was at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes retreat and I have always held on to it remembering those days with fondness. Unfortunately, the years and frequent wearing have rendered the shirt into tatters with so many holes in it so enormous you can hardly read the words.
The shirt depicts an advertisement if you will for “The Lord’s Gym.” On the back it reads “No Sweat, Yeah Right!,” and then has the scripture from above.
When I started reading more of Luke 22 the verses really began to make me think. The chapter depicts some of the last hours Christ spent before His crucifixion. It takes us through the administering of the Last Supper and His journey into the Mount of Olives. Knowing what the next hours would bring Christ says in verse 42 “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.”
I had to ask myself how often do I pray and leave that last part out? I can only imagine the number of times I have simply asked for my circumstances or those of others to change for personal reasons. I have begged for that cup to pass from me without acknowledging His lordship in my life and that His will, not mine be done. I don’t believe it is wrong to ask for something, but if I am following Him as a believer it should all be asked for and done according to His will.
After recognizing this and how He shows us how to pray I then thought of the strength and dedication in His prayer. The utter agony He was in knowing what was to transpire but the resolve to accept it as “thy will be done.” The turmoil to sweat as great drops of blood is something hard to imagine and yet it should also be mine. If I consider myself a follower of Christ, I have to be willing to sacrifice and pray as earnestly as He showed me. It made me want to pray harder than ever before. It made me want to be a true prayer warrior according to His will and seek only that. I hope we can all do this in our own lives as well as the lives of others.
Sounds like no sweat huh?
~ Kenny Stahl