Garden of Gethsemane
9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. - Colossians 1:9-10
I often have conversations with people who are wrestling with their faith. Several times, I have wanted so badly to believe for them. I wanted to tell them, “It is true! I know you are having a hard time believing it, right now. So, let me believe for you… attach yourself to my belief and I will carry you through!”
But faith does not work that way. At some point, each person must come to the place of belief on their own. At some point, each person must wrestle until they come to the place of trusting God’s will… of praying, “Thy will be done.” (Matt. 26:39, 42)
This last weekend, we witnessed this in the life of Jesus. Jesus never wavered in his belief in God, but he wrestled with what this meant for his life. In the Garden of Gethsemane, he prayed about the things he knew he was walking into because of his obedience. He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me.” (Matt. 26:39, 42)
Jesus was not alone in the garden. His disciples were with him. But he left them a short distance away. This time of wrestling was something he needed to do alone. So, too, do we each come to times where we must wrestle with our faith or the ways it directs us. We cannot spare another person that wrestling.
But Jesus’ disciples were not without a role to play in the Garden of Gethsemane. He asked them to stand watch and support him. He asked them to pray as he wrestled. In this way, he was not alone. In this way, none of us need to be alone. We cannot walk the road of faith for people, but we can pray and stand with them so that they know they are not alone.
As you wrestle in life, find people who will pray for you! Then become such a person for others. Become a person who prays that those around you “may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” (Col. 1:10) Together, we will be able to believe and pray, “Lord, let your will be done in my life.”
Jesus, we ask that you fill us with the knowledge of your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We also ask that you help us to be people who stand alongside of and pray for those around us. In this way, let us become those who live from a place of vibrant faith and witness. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.