(J.R. Miller, "The Shining Light" 1911)
"Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them: Sit here while I go over there and pray." Matthew 26:36
We see the Master at prayer in Gethsemane. It was here that He prepared for His Cross. We should notice that His refuge in His exceeding sorrow, was prayer; and that as the sorrow deepened, the refuge still was prayer. "Being in an agony--He prayed more earnestly."
Just so, prayer is our only refuge in sorrow.
The lesson from the garden prayer, is that we should take . . .
all the hard things,
all the anguishes,
all the insufferable pains,
all the bitter griefs of our lives
--to God in prayer.
We may be sure, too, that God will answer. If He does not relieve us of the suffering--He will strengthen us so that we can keep it, and still go on trusting and singing!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2nd Corinthians 1:3-5