Wonderful Jesus, Wonderful Messiah, Your Name is Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus. Excellent, Excellent, Your Name is Excellent, Excellent Jesus. Only You I will serve, Only Jesus Christ. Only You I will serve, I have no other God. Your Name is Yahweh, Your Name is Yahweh, You are a Miracle working God, Your Name is Yahweh.
Our Father in heaven God we bow before Your Throne, we come with praise, we come with thanks giving, we come that with shouts of joy and rejoicing, with a clap offering and songs with dancing steps as if we are drunk but not of wine but filled with the Holy Spirit, we come and we fall down before the Everlasting Throne, singing songs in the Holy Ghost to Him Alone Who shall live forever and ever and ever.
Beloved, when you are blessed by God, when God honours you, when You receive a package, if there be an healing against all hope, a deliverance beyond your imagination, if God has ever singled You out to bless and honour You unexpectedly than will You understand my mood this morning. Father, as a family we return all the glory to You. Be Thou exalted forever and ever amen! Bless and honour the giver I pray thee.
Beloveth, it pays not only to serve God but also to obey Him and patiently wait on Him. Sometimes, we think that He has forgotten us, we believe a lie of how small our God is and we sit and doubt and fret about what tomorrow holds for us and God is not happy about that. But when we look at fear in the eye and say I have nothing but I come against with the Name of Jesus, when those challenges comes Your way and instead of saying why me; you shout “try me” as I learnt from a year six pupil in the poem written by her and was recited by her early today, God will be very proud of You. Praise God. I told you to stand your watch for diverse miracles is happening already, don’t be left out; don’t be left behind.
Today, we are going to the garden of Gethsemane to pray, not as the disciples prayed but to tarry at least an hour with the Lord actively. Gethsemane is one word at mentioning brings only one meaning to your mind- it typify Jesus’s agonizing in praying and His eventual betrayal.
We sang this song “ when the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and the time shall be more…” at the bible study yesterday and having this topic to deliver on this morning, it brought to fore that there will always be in a man’s life when the time will be up and no more. It comes with a distress soul especially if one has been on prolonged sickness.
However, the distress soul we are seeing today is not of the sin He committed but of our sins He is going to bear, the agony of the cross, praise God! The part that ministered to me most was the part where after Christ had declared “Father not my will, but Your will be done” and there appear an angel Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
Beloved, when you are going through a trialing moments heaven is alert and an angel is waiting upon you and when you “stand up Jesus” an angel will surely appear to You to minister and strengthens you for the journey ahead. The next time you are face with temptation do not afraid to take the right decision because You are not alone neither are you are going down but you will triumph over those challenges.
Come with me now to the Gethsemane to agonize in prayer that must receive an answer. Remember, part of the strengthen from the angel was an answer to our Lord ’s Prayer, so let’s ride on:
He began to be deeply distressed and horrified. Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow—to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake.”—Mark 14:33b–34
Who can know the depth and intensity of the heart of God? No one could measure His sorrow over an unrepentant sinner or His joy over a spiritual rebel who relinquishes everything to Him. We can begin to understand what is on the heart of God only when He shares His heart with us (Amos 3:7).
Are you aware of the fervent emotions in the soul of your Lord, as He carries the weight of the world? The disciples were unaware of the deep anguish in the heart of Jesus. Yet, He willingly shared His heart with them. The disciples often seemed disoriented to what Jesus was feeling. When He took delight in young children, His disciples attempted to chase them away (Luke 18:15–16). When Jesus had compassion for a woman living in sin, they acted confused (John 4:27). While Jesus wept at the hopelessness of those facing death, His closest friends grieved as if Jesus had no power to raise the dead (John 11:1–44).
You can choose to be alert to the heart of God. As you seek to understand what God is feeling, He may share with you the intensity of His heart. When you are around other people, God may sensitize you to the love He feels for them. When you see others suffering, you may feel the compassion Jesus feels. When sinners return to God in repentance, you may share the Father’s joy. You will react to evil the way Jesus reacts. If you will remain alert in prayer, Jesus will share His heart with you.
Be not like the disciples who were disoriented at the time but we must be on alert for Christ’s orientation, seek to understand God’s feeling and purpose for the people around you, family and friends. Let go on further:
“And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed.” Matthew 26:39
There are several instructive features in our Saviour’s prayer in His hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from His three favoured disciples. Believer, be much in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial. Family prayer, social prayer, prayer in the Church, will not suffice, these are very precious, but the best beaten spice will smoke in your censer in your private devotions, where no ear hears but God’s.
It was humble prayer. Luke says He knelt, but another evangelist says He “fell on His face.” Where, then, must be THY place, thou humble servant of the great Master? What dust and ashes should cover thy head! Humility gives us good foot-hold in prayer. There is no hope of prevalence with God unless we abase ourselves that He may exalt us in due time.
It was filial prayer. “Abba, Father.” You will find it a stronghold in the day of trial to plead your adoption. You have no rights as a subject, you have forfeited them by your treason; but nothing can forfeit a child’s right to a father’s protection. Be not afraid to say, “My Father, hear my cry.”
Observe that it was persevering prayer. He prayed three times. Cease not until you prevail. Be as the importunate widow, whose continual coming earned what her first supplication could not win. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
Lastly, it was the prayer of resignation. “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Yield, and God yields. Let it be as God wills, and God will determine for the best. Be thou content to leave thy prayer in his hands, who knows when to give, and how to give, and what to give, and what to withhold. So pleading, earnestly, importunately, yet with humility and resignation, thou shalt surely prevail.
Ours must also be heard today. Beloved continue in your prayer, we must implored all the prayers said by Christ. If Christ prayed while on earth, what manner of man we ought to be.
Beloved, pray until you receive an answer even as Christ received from His Father at the hour of His trial. Praise the Lord.
Remain blessed in the Lord.