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Being in agony – He prayed more earnestly! (Luke 22:44).
This is the record of our Savior’s Gethsemane experience. Like a bright lamp, this Scripture shines amid the olive trees of that garden to show us the path to comfort in our time of sorrow. Never before, nor since, has there been such grief as the Redeemer’s that night; but His agony lessened as He prayed, until at last its bitterness was all gone. There is no other place for true comfort and help. We learn from our Lord’s Gethsemane agony – how to pray in our own Gethsemanes.
God never blames us for asking to have the bitter cup removed, nor for the intensity of our prayers; but we must always pray with submission to His will. When we sincerely pray, “Not my will, but may Your will be done,” comfort comes, and then peace.
by James Russell Miller
Miller was a prolific author, was born of Irish/Scottish decent to James Alexander Miller and Eleanor Creswell, near Frankfort Springs, Beaver County, PA. He was a graduate of Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA) Allegheny Theological Seminary (Allegheny, PA). Miller pastored churches in New Wilmington, PA, Philadelphia, PA, and Rock Island, IL; and was the author of over 60 published books, as well as countless booklets and pamphlets; and also served as supervisor of over two dozen periodicals with a combined annual circulation of over 66 million copies at the time of his death.