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Turn Your Desperation Over to God

Let your knees do your talking, rather than your posts or your chats or your selfies.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:35, ” And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. “

Background

I’ve never been at the end of my rope, but I can remember at least one time, silly though it now looks in retrospect, when I thought I was. In high school, we in the marching band were learning our routine one hot summer day, when the director decided to test our resolve. To train us to hold our formation under the trying circumstances that might come during a day of competitions, he had us stand in rank and file at attention under the noonday sun. It wasn’t punishment, mind you, for he had said that we could excuse ourselves for water as soon as we felt we needed to. But my ego wanted to last to the end. However, I eventually reached my limit, but as I stepped out disappointed, he mercifully announced that the test was over, and we remaining few could join the others in the shade for water and relief. When Jesus went further into the garden alone, He fell to the ground to pray. I don’t know if His burden drove Him there, perhaps unable to take another step, or He dropped willingly. All I know is that He was about at the end of His rope. In agony, His sweat became like drops of blood as He prayed for His Father’s release. Even angels came down to help restore His strength.

Application

I suppose you’ve been there, or you will be someday, begging for God’s deliverance, longing for an angel. And like it was for Jesus, it will be God’s perfect will that brings you there. Likewise, it will be perfectly fine to ask God for relief. Scripture tells us that Jesus eventually got up, but not before He had prayed for God’s will over His own. When your time comes, you will eventually get up, though you might get up before you reach total surrender. If you do, you won’t be able to bear your cross. You might fool yourself and others, playing the role of the strong soldier. But that weight will still be there, immense and oppressive. As the angels did, so should some of us come alongside you to minister and strengthen. And as Jesus did, so should we each relinquish to our Father all that we cannot carry.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let your knees do your talking, rather than your posts or your chats or your selfies.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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