Praying at Gethsemane • Devotion #3: True Feelings

Before we jump in, go ahead and read Luke 22:39-46.

Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane was recorded in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Here in this part of the Bible Jesus is very aware of what is about to happen to Him. He knows He is going to die on the cross for all of mankind. So He retreated to this historic place to pray and ask God for His help. At this point in the story, the disciples have no idea what is about to happen. You can see this fact in that as Jesus is praying all night, afraid for what is going to happen, His disciples just casually fall asleep in the garden with no sense of urgency. 

I want to focus on one verse here in Luke, and note that this verse is only recorded in Luke. “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him”(Luke 22:43).

An angel appeared to Jesus to help Him. This angel is not mentioned in the other gospels, and I will chalk this up to Luke being a doctor to notice details that others may have missed. One thing to quickly understand about angels is that they are spiritual beings created by God who help carry out His work on earth. So here in Luke chapter 22, Jesus is terribly afraid, stressed out, and is asking for God’s help. This is further confirmed by the verse to follow, “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). 

God saw Jesus in need and He was there strengthening Him. I cannot imagine the thoughts that were going through Jesus’ head at this moment in His life. Obviously, it was causing Him great pain to compare His sweat to blood. Also, Luke is the only one to mention Jesus’ sweat was like blood. Maybe you are reading this today and you can somewhat relate to how Jesus is feeling with insane amounts of stress, pain, and fear in your life. I am not sure what it is but you need to know that Jesus knows exactly what you are going through. Jesus can physically relate and He wants to be there for you. Just like His Father was there for Him. 

It is never wrong to express our true feelings to God. Jesus exposed His fear of dying on the cross. Knowing this we can come to God and express our true feelings and not be afraid to ask for help with whatever we have going on and Jesus will be right there with us. Jesus wants to be there with you through the hard times and through the good times. Jesus recognized He was scared, anxious, and in agony, so He stopped and turned all His feelings into prayer. Whenever you start having any of these feelings, stop, pray, and realign your focus on God. 

“Do not be anxious about anything,

but in everything by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God,

which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your minds

in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

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