Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Finding Courage in Prayer

39"Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." 41He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground". (Luke 22:39-44)

Courage isn't always easy because it is not always popular. Courage is not so much about not being afraid, it involves tha wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong and then acting upon that wisdom by doing what is right even if you are standing alone. No one likes to feel alone. The thing is, you really are not alone. The Holy Spirit lives within you. He will give you the wisdom to make the right decisions. He will give you the courage to follow through on them. Jesus courageously faced his own death, but he was not alone. He prayed that he would have the courage to die. Now hopefully we will not have to pray to die as Jesus did, but we may need the courage to die to those problems that keep us prisoner such as addictions, anger, or sorrow.
We pray to have the strength to face these deaths with courage, knowing that God is there with us. If we pray for courage, God will help us through our troubled times and our own deaths.

Peace and love,

"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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