Today’s Scripture: And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:44

As Jesus knelt in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, He cried out to His father asking if there was any other way. The perfect Son of God was about to take on all the sins of mankind, and the burden of the sins He would bear caused Him to be in agony. Throughout His ministry, Jesus had gone away to pray many times, but now, it says that “being in agony he prayed more earnestly.”

We often experience the same thing in our lives. We face a situation to which we see no answer, and the only thing we can do is turn to God. We realize that there is absolutely nothing we can do that will help the situation, so we turn to God, and plead with Him to help us much more earnestly than we do at other times.

Is there anything wrong with this? Of course not! God wants us to cast our burdens and cares on Him. (Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7) It doesn’t matter how difficult the situation seems to us, God has promised to be with us, to help us, and never fail us. There is nothing impossible for Him. (Mark 10:27) Whether we are lying in pain in a hospital, trying to figure out how to pay our bills, mourning the loss of a loved one, etc., we turn to God for His help.

However, it is a sad fact that sometimes pain is the only thing that will cause us to recognize our dependence on God. We go through life thinking that everything is fine; we have it all under control. But then God allows a hard time in our life, and we realize we need Him. But, this is not only true during our pain – this is ALWAYS TRUE. We need to recognize that we need Him for everything because we can do nothing without Him.

Remember, God wants us to trust Him with both the big and the small things we face. Don’t wait to be hurting to realize you need to go to Him in prayer.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder