It’s a common story in the Bible. Jesus in the Garden before the officials came to whisk Him off to court. He takes the disciples to pray and begins the now famous section of scripture, "Father, if possible let this cup pass from me" section.
Although the greater significance is surrounds His eminent flogging and crucifixion, I find it intriguing at the physical effects of His distraught.
I’m tuning into my own prayer life, and examining Jesus at all levels of prayer, and this one was interesting. The Bible actually says Jesus prayed until He bled.
I actually did a little research and found that
Although this medical condition is relatively rare, according to Dr. Frederick Zugibe (Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York) it is well-known, and there have been many cases of it. The clinical term is “hematohidrosis.” “Around the sweat glands, there are multiple blood vessels in a net-like form.” Under the pressure of great stress the vessels constrict. Then as the anxiety passes “the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands.” As the sweat glands are producing a lot of sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat. (www.christiananswers.net)
How stressful must I become before I sweat drops of blood? What might concern my prayer life enough that something physiologically would occur to mix blood contained in vessels with sweat glands under the skin?
I realized very quickly, when Jesus prayed He prayed with compassion and conviction. He allowed His entire being to be involved in the requests from His heart. It wasn’t merely a suggestion, and then He went about His business, Jesus took prayer very seriously. He even allowed for a physical body to be damaged as He went to the throne room of God.
I must admit, my prayer life has rarely, if ever, experienced such great an emotion. I long to advocate my own personal experiences to God like Jesus did.
What about you?