the refuge still was prayer

(J.R. Miller, “The Shining Light” 1911)

“Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to them: Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36

We see the Master at prayer in Gethsemane. It was here that He prepared for His Cross. We should notice that Jesus’ refuge in His exceeding sorrow, was prayer; and that as the sorrow deepened, the refuge still was prayer. “Being in an agony — He prayed more earnestly.”

Just so, prayer is our only refuge in sorrow.

the refuge still was prayer

The lesson from the garden prayer, is that we should take . . .
all the hard things,
the anguishes,
all the insufferable pains,
and all the bitter griefs of our lives
— to God in prayer.

We may be sure, too, that God will answer. If He does not relieve us of the suffering — He will strengthen us so that we can keep it, and still go on trusting and singing!

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(Letters of John Newton)
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms!” Deuteronomy 33:27
Oh, how pleasant to lean upon an almighty arm, and to commit ourselves without anxiety to the guidance of infinite wisdom and love!
“This God is our God for ever and ever! He will be our guide even unto death!” Psalm 48:14
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