Take This Cup of Suffering

Thank God for holidays! No class on Monday which means I could spend time reading and studying the Word longer than usual. So today, God led me to this passage.

Luke 22:39-46 KJV

Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

In this passage, Jesus told his disciples to stay awake and pray earnestly. It goes the same with us. He encouraged us to rise and pray.

Why do we need to pray? Why does it have to be daily?

You see, the devil is always at work in tempting us to sin. He loves to see lives and relationships getting destroyed. When we pray, it doesn’t mean the devil can’t tempt us anymore rather we armor ourselves from falling in to temptation. We equip ourselves to fight the devil’s works.

I believe we all have our personal struggles. It could be addiction to pornography, heart issues, lust towards the opposite sex, a bad temper … name it. Fighting our struggles are never easy and giving in to temptation was always in mind. Sometimes we say, “I had enough.” “I can’t help it.” “It’s hopeless.” “I can’t get rid of this.”  

1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.

You are never alone in this fight that you are in. And there’s always a way out.

Back at the passage that we read in Luke 22, if you noticed, Jesus was tempted too when he asked God to take the cup of suffering. Jesus struggled. He was grieving. But He showed us how he overcome His situation.

He prayed to God.

And the passage didn’t say “God took his suffering.” No, he didn’t. Instead God strengthened Jesus.

God will always provide us the strength to stand firm, the strength to overcome, the strength to endure and the strength to do His will.

Stand firm in the Lord. Soon we’ll have a testimony out of our test and a message out of our mess.


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