“He … prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done’ … He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood.” – Luke 22:41-44 NKJV
How do we prepare for the future? What do we do when the challenges we face seem overwhelming? When we have doubts and questions? When we are confused and not sure? Jesus gave us a powerful example during the night before His crucifixion.
First, He made sure that He knew what the will of the Father was and that He was obeying Him. Jesus was focused on completing the mission He had been given.
We see this focus with His determination to celebrate the Passover. We see Him spending important moments with His disciples, teaching them, and instituting the Lord’s Supper. He was making sure they were prepared for the future. Then, He spent time in prayer, seeking the Father with prayer so intense that “great drops of blood” actually fell to the ground.
As you think about problems you face, consider the example of Jesus. Be sure that you know God’s Word. Be sure you are seeking to obey Him and fulfilling the assignments He has given you. Always seek first His kingdom. Always seek to be faithful with the resources you have been given. Always remember to be a good example to others.
Then, commit any problems or questions to Him. Seek Him in earnest prayer. Be ready to pour out your heart, seeking His wisdom and guidance. Pray with persistence until you have His peace and the burdens have lifted.
Father, I commit these issues to You: _______. I seek to do Your will. Help me be ready for the challenges I face. In Jesus’ name, amen.