|“When you fail to discipline yourself, you not only invite the discipline of Christ, but you bring confusion into your life. For when He chastises you, you cannot distinguish between His discipline and the general flow of tribulation and troubles that come into your life. You are better off disciplining yourself rather than forcing someone else to do it for you.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“Though he were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)
Gethsemane is the only recorded incident of Jesus meeting the will of God and not wanting to do it. He pled with God, “Let this cup pass from me.” Earlier He said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me.” 15 In Gethsemane He prayed, “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” This tension between what He wanted and what His Father wanted caused Him to “sweat as it were great drops of blood.” 16
You do not learn obedience by complying with commands you perceive to be in your interest. Rather, when like Jesus, you are denied the request you make to your Heavenly Father- that is the test through which obedience is learned. If God, who had no higher commitment than to His Son, denied His request, you should not allow His denial of your request to threaten His love and commitment to you.
When my six-year-old son was dying of leukemia, the doctor had to run a large needle through his thigh and into his bone to draw bone marrow. I held him in my arms during the procedure, and as the pain mounted he looked me in the face asking, “It hurts so much, can’t you make them stop?” I assured him that it was essential that they do it, and he said okay, squeezing his little arms around my neck.
As I heard him whimper in pain I prayed, “Oh God, if my son can trust me, a fallible, sinful man when I tell him ‘no,’ help me to trust You when You refuse to remove my pain in the time of testing.”
15 John 6:38
Genesis 23-24 Matthew 7 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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