The moon bathed the ground in pale light as a soft wind rustled through the olive trees. Everything else was still, as if the world had been silenced by a holy hush.
In the calm, He was sweating great drops of blood. Even the cool night air and gentle breeze were not enough to bring relief from the weight of His burden. The task He had been given engulfed Him like a mighty flood. Yet His disciples slept peacefully nearby.
Alone He knelt and prayed, as drops of blood continued to bead on His forehead. The stress was unbearable. But He took it to the One Who could help Him. He knew He would have to face the intense anguish of Calvary. But He gained victory over the stress and strength to accomplish His task through prayer.
Although only Jesus had to confront the burden of dying on Calvary, we all encounter stress. Whether our lives have been altered by a sudden change, or we have been presented a task we feel incapable to complete, the tight grip of anxiety is a familiar feeling.
What can we do when choked by worry’s grasp? Christ gave us the perfect example, give all our anxiety to our Heavenly Father in prayer.
You may have just lost a loved one and are wondering how you will make it through life without them. Or perhaps you’ve been given a challenging task at work or school which is totally out of your comfort zone. Friend, bring it all to Jesus. By His drops of blood, we can triumph over anxiety.
Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.—C.H. Spurgeon
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder