Agony Drives to Prayer
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
He prayed more earnestly
The agony Jesus endured pushed Him deeper into prayer.
- 1 Peter 2:23b; “When he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”
Jesus’ suffering, first and foremost, was to bring us to God. His suffering also gives us an example. When we go through trials on this earth, we, like Jesus are driven to pray all the more earnestly.
In the Psalms there’s a story of men at sea caught in a storm. It says, “They reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” Often times it’s when we’re at our wits end that we cry out to the Lord. It’s then that it says, “He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.” Not always does He immediately change the situation, but He always hears; and, the affliction that we go through always causes us to grow in our trust in Him.
- Romans 5:3-5; “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:8-10; “We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”
Indeed, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- Psalm 50:15; “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”