Bekah (from The Wally Show) tells a story about one of the darkest times she cried out to God.

 

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Jesus felt utterly lonely, tormented, burdened, betrayed, in pain, dreading what was happening. He gets it more than we will ever know. But notice… He kept on praying! “Not my will, but yours…” We see this in today’s reading.

Luke 22:39-53

Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”

He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.

At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”

But even as Jesus said this, a crowd approached, led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus to greet him with a kiss. But Jesus said, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”

When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, “Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!” And one of them struck at the high priest’s slave, slashing off his right ear.

But Jesus said, “No more of this.” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.

Then Jesus spoke to the leading priests, the captains of the Temple guard, and the elders who had come for him. “Am I some dangerous revolutionary,” he asked, “that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there every day. But this is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns.”

Tap here to finish Luke 22 from the Immerse Bible!

Note: If you’ve read the Bible before, you may notice there are no chapter or verse marks in today’s reading. We got this idea from the Immerse Bible. They’ve taken the entire story of Jesus and stripped it of all distractions – this way it’s a more relaxed read. Like you’re reading a beautiful story. You should check it out! 

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Bekah- What courage and faith you have! That must have been hard for you. Thank you for being so transparent so others can learn by your example. May God continue to lead you and heal Joey. Blessings…❤️

WAY-FM

Isn’t it amazing how God gives us His grace at just the right times?! If anyone wants to know what His Grace looks like in a situation like that [2 Corinthians 12.1-10], look at Beka’s face, hear her faith, know her heart!

Scott
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Such a great reminder. I have been in that place of agony, a few times more than I would have liked. My wife and I have four children, our third child was born with Down Syndrome. I cried out to God; “Why me?” And God replied, “why not you?” That was when I realized the special gift I was given. At four months of age my daughter was hospitalized with pneumonia. At six months of age she had heart surgery to repair a heart defect common in children with DS. At four years of age, while we were on vacation… Read more »
Dianne Lavenson
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God knew what He was doing when he picked you as her parents!

Noah
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What a powerful story! Thank you for sharing!

WAY-FM

Scott, you are a blessing to all! You prove once again (like Beka) how much we need one another in the Body of Christ. Thanks for edifying us today in the spirit of Ephesians 4.

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Praise God!! Thank you for sharing such a precious gift with us.

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Bekah, thank you so much for sharing your struggles! Ironically, it is heartening to hear of other peoples suffering and disheartening stories because then I am reminded that other people are also suffering around the world along with with me such as yourself. I have been going through ongoing health issues since 2006. It is very difficult for not only the ill person but the sick person‘s spouse to undergo this trial and tribulation. Thankfully, we don’t have a God that is removed and distant from our suffering as Jesus also underwent excruciating suffering on the way to the cross.… Read more »
WAY-FM

Jeralynn, you are a blessing indeed. Might I even say, a greater blessing because of your humility in suffering. Prayers for you & your spouse. You guys are special!

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I really feel from these messages that Jesus is telling me to be persistent.

WAY-FM

For sure, veta, our Lord sure does love our faithfulness as a testimony of His own faithfulness. It’s worth it all today, but can you imagine what we will feel when we reach our heavenly home & hear “Well done, good & faithful servant. Enter into your Master’s joy”?

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Oh, how I long to hear those words!! Thank God, His endurance and patience in His pursuit of us is unending.

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Amen to today’s video! After nineteen surgeries and about four to five years bedridden I had many many days and nights where I asked God why. I would even ask him to take me from this world so I didn’t have to suffer and my family didn’t have to watch me suffer especially my children. I continue to lean into God and find purpose in My Pain by growing closer to Him. And I am grateful for those trials now. my faith is stronger and I was able to see in my weakness His strength!

WAY-FM

CarrieAnn, you are an amazing example of obedience & love for our Savior!

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I’m continuing to pray for you, CarrieAnn. He is ever present with you.

Dianne Lavenson
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Oh Bekah! Well said!

WAY-FM

Straight from the heart, right?

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Bekah

Thank you for sharing your struggles. What a testimony and reminder that prayer is everything.

WAY-FM

It puts us in close communion with our Lord. There is no better place to be!

Stetson
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1Cor 10.13 comes to mind. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able , but with temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it .”
It always seems impossible when we are in the thick of it, but by His grace , there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

WAY-FM

Good point. Even light IN the tunnel!

WAY-FM

Keep praying, girl!!!! Satan wants us to think God doesn’t care or that He’s not even listening. But as you so clearly showed, our loving Savior is there renewing our inner strength. I wonder if God sent one of His angels (like with Jesus in the passage) to keep you safe & secure in that car on the way home? I’m so glad you & Joey are in the will of God. You both are a blessing to Him … & to us!

Elizabeth18
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Thank you Bekah for sharing about your husband. My husband is my caregiver and I think it is harder on the person watching than the one that is sick.

chenglis
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Your testimony is so helpful to me, Bekah! Thank you for being so transparent and sincere.

Jennifer Boyd
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Oh Bekah! I know that sound! That guttural sound that comes from a place of such deep agony it almost sounds/feels inhuman. I have cried/made this sound many times this last year as my children and I went through some of the most heart wrenching and difficult things we have ever gone through in our lives! It’s a journey we are still on and the after effects will be with us for a long long time but through it all God strengthened me when I had nothing. No strength to pray. No strength to fight. No strength to feel. No… Read more »
Sandy
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Absolutely beautiful! May God hold you and yours in the palm of his hand.

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Thank you, Bekah. God is with you and He will see you through this. Like Matt said yesterday, “keep your eye on the prize”. He is our Very Great Reward. Praying for you and Joey.