Jesus_praying_in_the_garden 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?

2 Comments

  1. This is something that has touched my spirit here lately. When I first started looking at this I took the same approach from the physical body being under so much pressure. But after looking a little closer I saw something else. That Jesus was strengthened, that He was in agony and that He prayed earnestly. These three things were all so that He could get His Fathers will accomplished and not his. I think that we forget that Jesus was a real man with real human feelings and emotions and desires in other words he had a will just as strong as ours.
    Even though sweating blood is a medical condition, in this case I believe that this was the time that Jesus actually shed blood for us. Jesus told us that when me pray according to the will of God we must believe we receive it to actually see it manifest. Looking at Jesus life up to this point, he always spoke only what the Father said, and did what the Father did. This was the pivotal point where Jesus had to make the decision to go on to the cross. Feel the pain and poverty, sickness disease, persecution and sin. This thing was real and he had to see himself crucified before he could ever be crucified. Jesus was being obedient up to this point He had not started His ministry as of yet although is looked like it. He was just being obedient in what God was asking him to do. You can be obedient and not have yourself invested in it. But this was going to be His ministry to the entire world now known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So He had to accept the call, He had to bend and conform his will to Gods will and once He did the Blood flowed. That is the example that I believe that God revealed to me as I read and read and read this scripture. We can have what ever we pray in accordance to the Will of God if we believe. Somethings are just so amazing that we have to actually sit and see the word in our minds eye and hold on to it till we bring it to the physical. Peace Pastor G.

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