What if you were put in a situation so intense that your sweat was like blood?

Imagine the pressure it would take for someone to get to the point where blood vessels are popping and they start to sweat blood. Imagine the pressure of the world, preparing to take on the cares of the world in order that a reconciliation that requires the ultimate sacrifice could take place. Well, Jesus was in just such a situation as He went to pray on the Mount of Olives. And being God, He knew exactly what was going to take place.

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

(Matthew 26.36-46; Mark 14.32-42)
39Jesus left the city and went, as he usually did, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples went with him. 40When he arrived at the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41Then he went off from them about the distance of a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed. 42“Father,” he said, “if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done.” 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44In great anguish he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45Rising from his prayer, he went back to the disciples and found them asleep, worn out by their grief. 46He said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation.”

–from Luke 22

No matter what comes our way we can hold onto the promises of God! He knows what He is doing and is good to His Word! If He promised it, He will be faithful to complete it. So don’t worry for worry changes nothing! Pray instead for prayer changes everything!

God’s Sure Promise

13When God made his promise to Abraham, he made a vow to do what he had promised. Since there was no one greater than himself, he used his own name when he made his vow. 14 He said, “I promise you that I will bless you and give you many descendants.” 15Abraham was patient, and so he received what God had promised. 16When we make a vow, we use the name of someone greater than ourselves, and the vow settles all arguments. 17To those who were to receive what he promised, God wanted to make it very clear that he would never change his purpose; so he added his vow to the promise. 18There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary. 20 On our behalf Jesus has gone in there before us and has become a high priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek. –from Hebrews 6

So today let’s take a hold of everything God has promised and everything that will happen. Let’s remember the power of prayer no matter the stress. And turn to God for wisdom! Yesterday our reading started the 30 wise sayings and today’s reading gets us 6-14 in the list…

1When you sit down to eat with someone important, keep in mind who he is. 2If you have a big appetite, restrain yourself. 3Don’t be greedy for the fine food he serves; he may be trying to trick you.
4Be wise enough not to wear yourself out trying to get rich. 5Your money can be gone in a flash, as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle.
6Don’t eat at the table of a stingy person or be greedy for the fine food he serves. 7“Come on and have some more,” he says, but he doesn’t mean it. What he thinks is what he really is. 8You will vomit up what you have eaten, and all your flattery will be wasted.
9Don’t try to talk sense to a fool; he can’t appreciate it.
10Never move an old property line or take over land owned by orphans. 11The Lord is their powerful defender, and he will argue their case against you.
12Pay attention to your teacher and learn all you can.
13Don’t hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won’t kill them. 14As a matter of fact, it may save their lives.
15My child, if you become wise, I will be very happy. 16I will be proud when I hear you speaking words of wisdom.
17Don’t be envious of sinful people; let reverence for the Lord be the concern of your life. 18If it is, you have a bright future.

–from Proverbs 23


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