In The Garden

On March 22, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer

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On the third night of his mission, Father Moore spoke on prayer.  One of the things that spoke to me was one of his reasons given for those times when it seems that prayers are not being answered.  We must find a way not only to ask for God to intervene but also find a way to act upon that which we are praying for.  He will not magically “make it better” while we sit back and wait.  We have to act!

Mark 14:36

In the garden of Gethsemane, surely one of the darkest hours in the life of Christ.  Knowing what he is destined to do, unsure whether he can go through with it.  In agony.  He prays to God his father in an intimate, childlike, and scared way.  “Abba”  is synonymous with our calling our father Dad or Papa.  He hopes that He will make everything all right.

“All things are possible for you.”  Jesus places his trust in God, even in the face of overpowering darkness.  I would say that moments before he is to be handed over and denied by his closest friends to be crucified would be a dark time, indeed.

“Let this cup pass.”   Showing profound honesty and boldness in spite of fear.  Take this cup away from me for I don’t want to taste its poison.  I can only imagine the fear and trepidation going through his mind and in his words as Christ acknowledges his fear.

“Yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Placing everything in God’s hands.  Thy will be done.  Ok, I will do what you would have me do.

“He turned and prayed even more earnestly.”  Through repetition, repeated prayer our own prayers may be answered.  But we also must be willing to make sacrifices as Christ, himself sacrificed.

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