A man took his staff in prayer daily. As he prayed for them, he began to look at them as more than people that worked under his supervision. He looked at them as his family. Years passed and this noble man began to blossom. His staff was being asked to make adjustments with the company and unrest began to brew. They formed many allegations in effort to get their boss fired. Their boss — who had spent years in prayer for them, who had spoken out about keeping his staff whenever cutbacks, were brought up — their boss who looked at them as family, was being attacked by those he prayed for. Now this man’s morale became so low, he would rather remove himself than be attacked with such malice by those he grew to have such compassion for.
This situation brought to mind Jesus’ being in distress. Sometimes in life we feel betrayed, abandoned and full of distress. Jesus prayed in the garden in distress.
"Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ‘Sit here while I go and pray over there.’ And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with me.’ He went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will,’" Matthew 26:36-38.
Jesus knew what was before him: the betrayal of Judas, being torched by the people, denial of Peter and he felt sorrow knowing he would have to leave the disciples. His heart was heavy and it seemed as if no one that surrounded him could understand the distress that he felt. He went to pray and asked the disciples to look out but they kept falling asleep.
He was so hurt that he called out to God saying, "Let this cup pass me." In this text Jesus was implying to just stop this all and get it over with; however, when Jesus said "nevertheless" to God, he was saying "I will be obedient unto your will not my will."
Sometimes in life we get in so distressed and our will says put the brakes on. But God has a plan for all we are going through. The Lord desires for us to desire his will over our fleshly will. God desires for you to be obedient so that he may prepare us for the destiny he has on your life.
What situation are you in today? Do you feel like you can’t take it anymore and you want God to just pass this cup from you? Have you taken time to evaluate the entire situation so that you may keep your eyes fixed on the Lord?
Maybe you are being pulled on the job. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with life itself.
Consider not growing faint and allow the Lord to heal you where you are weak. Pray to God to help you keep focused on Him in the midst of the distractions. Call upon God to bring you through with peace that surpasses all understanding. For in your hour of distress he hears your cry and has his hand out for you.