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Some Mountains won't Move
4/4/2016 12:00:01 AM by: Dr. Ron Susek

Some Mountains Won't Move
by Ron Susek
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      The crucifixion of Jesus was an immovable mountain, predestined before the foundations of the world. It would be useless, even rebellious, for Jesus to pray for the event not to come. The utter abandonment of being banished from the Trinity may be why He prayed, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me . . ." (Matthew 26:39). It may also be that knowing this would mean eternal banishment for mankind drove Him to pray ". . . nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will."
     On the eve of this inevitable event He told his disciples to watch and pray. Why pray if it is irreversible? Here is why: While prayer may not change an oncoming crisis, it can prevent the crisis from changing you!
     Knowing our vulnerability in the face of severe pressure, Jesus said, "Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (vs. 40-41).
     Failing to heed His words, the disciples succumbed to sleep. The result was horrendous. Gethsemane altered them. Not one had the faith-courage to stand beside Jesus to face the chief priest, Pilate, or the cross. Instead, they fled. Peter, the very one who declared readiness to die with Jesus, used vile words to denounce knowing Him. The disciples stealthily slipped behind locked doors, completely dumbfounded. The very men who cast out demons now cowered in the darkness.
     They looked sadly pathetic. We do as well when we fail to watch and pray. The severe testing of any Gethsemane can alter anyone's heart. Many praise God in good times, then bad mouth Him in hard times.
     If we assume that believing prayer will always move mountains, we will cave-in when prayer does not budge it. Job experienced a Gethsemane of sorts. What is most remarkable is that his view and faith in God was not altered. Despite his wretched condition, he prayed, "Though he slay me, I will hope in him . . ." (Job 15:15).
     When it is God's time to remove the mountain, He will empower prayer with the faith to send it to the sea. Until then, however, you must pray that the mountain does not crush your faith under its weight. Jesus taught that, "In the world you will have tribulation [that is inevitable!]. But take heart; I have overcome the world [that is more inevitable!]" (John 16:33).
     Perhaps, when Jesus told His disciples to watch, He had Proverbs 4:23 in mind. It reads, "Keep [watch, guard] your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life." When He told them to pray, He was directing them to His Father, the only One who could give them overcoming faith.
     While Gethsemane and the cross were predestined, much more was the inevitability of His resurrection and ascension. So shall it be with you. Jesus considered prayer essential to endure the process. How much more should we.
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron 
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