Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2
 

Prayers of The Suffering Servant

Prayers of The Suffering Servant

 

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep exhausted from sorrow…pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:42-45, 46b)

Jesus came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)  Jesus served like a slave as He washed the feet of his disciples and taught them to “Love one another. “ He served the Passover meal revealing the symbolic elements of the new covenant of grace that brought forgiveness of sins through his death on the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane He prayed through agony in the battle of the cross by yielding in prayer to the Father’s plan for redemption. So intense already was the anguish of the cross that his sweat was like drops of blood and he was strengthened in his flesh by an angel sent from heaven. The disciples slept being exhausted from activity and the sorrow of His impending death, but Jesus, “being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly.” Jesus served in prayer, and was stirred unto greater prayer as the battle increased. The serving heart that washed feet, that served the Passover and that prayed in agony is the same heart that served on the cross. The battle of the cross was fought through prayer in the garden.

Prayer – Ask the Lord to teach you to serve through prayers of intercession. We serve the Lord when we pray for others. Pray that the Holy Spirit will strengthen you, even by angels, to pray more earnestly through temptation, anguish and exhaustion.