May 17th, 2018 — IGNITE

I noticed something in the Word today that I don’t know if I’ve ever seen before. It’s not as if I’ve never read this verse before, because I know I have numerous times. But when I read it, I had to stop and think deeply into it. I couldn’t go on to the next verse, because I believe the Holy Spirit was teaching me something I needed to learn, and I’m learning it. Maybe this will help you as well.

Remember after the Passover meal was celebrated by Jesus and His disciples, and He instituted what we call, The Lord’s Supper, they went out to this place called Gethsemane? He knew what was about to happen. He knew everything that He came to this earth for was about to go down. This was the moment all of creation had longed for.

Jesus does what most of us should do a whole lot more than we do – He prays. As they enter Gethsemane, this garden area, He tells His disciples to wait at the entrance while He spends some time in prayer. He took with Him, Peter, James and John into the inner circle of the garden, but then goes off by Himself for some heavy soul searching. He told these three this…
“My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Then this is what we’re told…
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.” Mark 14:35

I know you know the next verse and what Jesus said to His Father, but let me tell you again…
“Abba! Father! All things are possible for Thee; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what Thou wilt.” Mark 14:36

But before you concentrate on verse 36, read again verse 35, He “began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by.”

And when that didn’t happen, it’s not as if Jesus just stopped praying, for we know He prayed the same thing two more times (Mark 14:39). He didn’t give up. He just didn’t stop and give in. He didn’t throw His hands in the air in total frustration. He didn’t try to bargain with God or manipulate Him. He didn’t decide to take matters into His own hand. He didn’t run and He didn’t hide. No, He pursued God in His deepest, trying time and He accepted what His Father had planned, knowing it was the absolute best plan. He focused on His Father rather than the situation.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I don’t know what you’re facing today. I don’t know what hardship has knocked you down or is about to knock you down. But what I do know is what will happen if you focus on your heavenly Father, rather than the circumstance. He will deliver you.

I’m keeping my eyes fixed on You today. Jesus in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen