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He Was Listening April 14, 2017 • Written by: Minda Corso
Prior to being arrested, Jesus was in the garden praying as he knew the events that were about to take place. Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. Luke 22:42
Jesus knows the agony of unanswered prayers, the desperation of wanting God to move in a certain way. Jesus also knew if there WAS another way, God would act on it; that He would spare His son the pain and death. He knew His Father was listening.
Many of us, having experienced unanswered prayers, end up not praying. We begin to assume God will do what He wants to do, regardless of our prayer and petition. Jesus knew that His Father acts and moves when His children call. Which is why He asked. He also knew there would be greater benefit in God’s will over his own. Many would look at this situation and say his prayer must not have worked. But the next verse says, An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. Luke 22:43
While Jesus may not have received the answer he was looking for, he did receive an answer. God provided strength to make it through what was about to happen. You can trust that His plan is good. You can trust His plan is for your good and His glory. As you remember this Good Friday, be mindful of His understanding of an unanswered prayer. And know that every step along the way, you were — and still are — on His mind.
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