What do you do when the pain is so deep or the fear is overwhelming? Do you shut down? Do you pray? What if the prayer isn’t answered quickly and the circumstance that you find yourself in continues? What if the answer is “No”? Then what?
And when we pray, do we pray out of fear or trust? Do we pray that the circumstance changes or that we change?
Certainly, we should ask God to intervene- Jesus did. Three times He ask His Father to change the circumstances. Three times He asked that He not have to walk the path that was before Him. Three times. But then, He surrendered His will.
We find the account in Luke. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.”
Jesus didn’t want to walk the path before Him. He was in agony as He pleaded with His Father in the garden that night. But even more than being released from the fearful road ahead, He wanted to obey. He wanted His Father to be glorified more than He wanted to be released from the pain before Him.
But Luke goes on to say that after Jesus surrender, an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened Him.
When we pray, with a surrendered heart, God will do no less for us. We will be strengthened. We will receive courage for the road ahead. There is tremendous power in prayer that seeks God’s will and His glory. A greater work in our lives is done, not when the circumstance changes, but when we are changed.
The link below is an amazing testimony to the power of a mother’s surrendered heart in dealing with the heartache of a child with cancer. Please watch it. I promise you will be blessed beyond measure by her faith. And for those in the midst of painful and fearful circumstances, take courage in knowing that our God is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
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