“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44).
The Garden of Gethsemane is the first place where Jesus shed His blood. Why did Jesus shed His blood in the Garden of Gethsemane which was His praying place even before shedding blood at Calvary? Yes. There is a big divine secret in the human blood. The life of the flesh is in its blood. Not only that. The human blood has a sound, a voice and a language too. On departing from the earth, the sound of blood can even reach the heaven.
If at all there is a great secret which is unknown to any of the doctors, scientists and the politicians, it is that every drop of blood of A man calls God who created him. Some blood calls God to take revenge. The first man of the world to shed blood was Abel. Cain thought that his blood could be hidden.
But God descended to earth hearing the voice of the blood. “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10). What would have the blood of Abel said while calling? The order of the Old Testament was “Eye for the eye, tooth for tooth, life for life and blood for blood which is nothing but taking revenge. There was no place for forgiveness. The blood of Abel would have called God to take revenge on his brother.
Paul the Apostle writes “To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24). When Jesus shed His blood on the Cross, He advocated saying “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do”.
Every heartbeat of Christ pleaded that the people should be forgiven. Since He was praying while shedding blood in the Garden of Gethsemane, His blood might have pleaded “Father, transform my children into prayer warriors. Anoint them with the Spirit of supplication.”
Jesus Christ who was shedding blood, praying and presenting Himself to God’s will opened His eyes to find His disciples sleeping and resting. He asked them “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Mathew 26:40).
If you pray alone, you will become tired. You will be distracted. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mathew 26:41). So, dear children of God, while praying, pray with the thought of Gethsemane joining hands together with Jesus Christ. Pray earnestly with the strong faith that the one who hears your prayer is standing right in front of you. The Lord’s will is that you should be a good prayer warrior.
To meditate: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication” (Zachariah 12:10).