“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” – Hebrews 5:7-8a NIV

Being a Christian will not absolve us of experiencing calamity, misfortune, loss and injustice while we live in this world. In fact, the bible teaches the exact opposite. Jesus explained to His disciples that we will face troubles in this world, but to take heart because He has overcome the world. The Apostle Peter put it this way, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” – I Peter 2:21 NIV We have lived long enough to know that we don’t need to go looking for a way to suffer, but we will eventually find ourselves in a place of misfortune and the way we respond to it should be in the same manner Christ responded with surrender (humility) to it to rise above it! Because of what Christ endured and suffered for me, am I will to do the same in return for Him? “For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but to suffer for him.” – Philippians 1:29 NIV

What I enjoy in reading Hebrews 5 is the intimate illustration of Jesus’ life portrayed in how He lived the surrendered life in relationship with His Father. Jesus remained connected to His Father by continuously communicating to Him how He was feeling in light of what was happening. Jesus expressed His emotions, thoughts and distress to the One He believed could help Him most. This intimate depicition of Jesus’ frailty and humanity should be a great source of comfort and encouragement for the believer, because we can see from this bible verse that Jesus was impacted by what He faced in being fully human, eventhough He was fully divine too. Too often, I believe, we focus on Christ’s deity fully without regarding His humanity to our own detriment, because it does not help us understand how much God fully understands us, cares about us and is concerned about what we go through. Reflecting upon this passage and recalling the illustration of this intimate encounter between our Savior and our Creator should encourage us to pray more believing God hears us and will respond to us.

This passage would also go a long way in helping us to be more accepting of the reality of our own humanity and not succumb to the negative thoughts of condemnation as believers that come our way forcefully when we are struggling and wrestling with our own weakness. With loud cries and tears Jesus prayed. His act of submission living the surrendered life and availing Himself in prayer was described as reverent submission and the outcome of it was that His Father heard every word He spoke, every tear that dropped and every groan of His soul. Even the words that may not have been spoken our Father hears them, especially when we position ourselves in prayer and a posture of humility before Him as we pray. Boldness is not just about an audible declaration expressed with words, but it is also the posture of a surrendered soul in reverence before the One acknowledged as supreme and sufficient with the belief He will listen and respond.

May God instill in you the initiative prompted by His presence to demonstrate a posture of surrender that will position you to encounter His supremacy and sufficiency in your faith walk with Him.

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