Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful and peaceful Resurrection weekend, and bank holiday weekend.
Apologies for being a little late with this week’s post, sometimes time runs away from me and I wonder how it’s already Thursday when two minutes ago was Monday! Anyway.
There’s one thing (out of many) that I learnt from Jesus, that was the way He spent time in prayer, and how He was honest in prayer.
Before Jesus was arrested, He went into prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. (Matthew 26:36-46)
Jesus was fully God and fully human, so He truly understands how it feels to experience emotions.
We have a tendency to try be strong all the time, I am one of those peoples! However, Jesus wasn’t just honest with God, but with others. He didn’t take all the disciples but the inner circle, and told them to be around Him whilst He prayed. This takes me back to my previous post: You were never meant to do it alone . Jesus told them “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death”, He was honest with the inner circle.
He also went to God in prayer, again, He was honest “My Father, if it is possible may this cup be taken from me”. Jesus didn’t sugar coat, He didn’t hide, He didn’t pretend that He was excited about going to the cross.
I know that what we may be going through isn’t the same as going to the cross, but we all have our own personal challenges that we face. I can speak for myself, in the times I’ve been going through things, I have found it difficult to tell God how I’m feeling. And if there’s anyone who understands, it’s God. He already knows. But like a father, He’s always waiting with His arms wide open, He’s ready to listen.
Three times, Jesus went to pray and spoke to God about how He was feeling. The book of psalms shows many times where David and the other Psalmists were so honest and laid it all out to God.
Life isn’t always easy, and this isn’t to glorify any struggle, but it’s a reality. Despite whatever happens, let’s take the example of Jesus, and be honest in prayer. There’s been times when I’ve even prayed and said God, I don’t have the words to say, but I need you. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.
So yes, this is a short post for today, I hope I’ve encouraged you, to keep on praying, no matter what.
I hope you have a wonderful end of the week.
God bless x
~ Peace, joy & love