2021_04_09 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Matthew 26
“Your will be done....”
When trials and hardships come, do we pray that it will all be over as quickly as possible? Do we throw up a distress signal to be airlifted out of our current circumstances? I used to live from this place. My prayers would often go something like this, “God, please let this stop. Am I doing something wrong for this to happen? Everything will be okay when this stops!” While it's perfectly normal for us to not enjoy suffering, there is something inherently necessary about it when it comes to developing into who God made us to be. There is a process we go through with God when we submit ourselves to his will that ultimately brings us peace no matter what our circumstances.
In Matthew Chapter 26:26-36 Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane (or 'oil press') with Peter, James and John. Jesus knows that he has been betrayed by Judas and is soon to be arrested, put on trial and endure the cross. Jesus says that his soul is grieved to the point of death and prays three times to his Father. “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” The cup Jesus refers to is the cup of God's wrath for all the nations (Jeremiah 25:15). Jesus is aware that he is about to drink it and carry the weight of the sin of the world. How appropriate that he is in an olive grove who's name translates to oil press. I cannot imagine the pressure and grief he felt.
How Jesus prays in the Garden gives us insight into how we can endure suffering. One honest prayer at a time. Jesus is aligned with his Father's will as he keeps going back to prayer. We too can be transformed in that space as Jesus works in us. Next time you feel like you are being pressed from every side, ask God what his will is. God will take you to a deeper place where you can be given peace strength for the moment.
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us”.
Teresa of Avila
Prayer Team Lead