Morning, March 22, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed.” — Matthew 26:39
There are several instructive features in our Savior’s prayer in his hour of trial. It was lonely prayer. He withdrew even from his three favored 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 incense 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 your place as a humble servant of the great Master? What dust and ashes should cover your head! Humility gives us a good foothold in prayer. There is no hope of prevailing 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 appeal to your adoption. You have no rights as a subject, you have forfeited them by your disloyalty; but nothing can forfeit a child’s right to a father’s protection. Do not be afraid to say, “My Father, hear my cry.”
Observe that it was persevering prayer. He prayed three times. Do not cease until you prevail. Be as the persistent widow, whose repeated requests earned what her first appeal could not win. Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
Lastly, it was the prayer of resignation. “Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Yield, and God yields. Let it be as God wills, and God will determine for the best. Be content to leave your prayer in his hands, who knows when to give, and how to give, and what to give, and what to withhold. So praying — earnestly, persistently, yet with humility and resignation — you shall surely prevail.