On the eve of his arrest, Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, and later went out to Gethsemane to pray. Similarly, the second step in “taking up your cross” is turning to the Lord in prayer, accepting what he offers and asking him for help with your spiritual struggles. So pray to the Lord, and give him permission to begin to remove some specific tendency in you that is holding you back from fulfilling your spiritual potential.
Jesus allowed himself to be arrested, tried, tortured and executed, and then rose from the dead. Part of what he was doing was showing us a path that will lead each person to the amazing potential he sees in each of us. Therefore, take up your cross and follow the Lord by walking a new path that includes self-examination, prayer, and spiritual struggle, so that you can fulfill your beautiful potential.
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Here are the readings from “Commit”:
Matthew 26:26-28, 36-46
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
…Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”
And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.
Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
True Christian Religion 530
So the question is: how should you repent? The answer is, in action; that is, by examining yourself, recognising and acknowledging your sins, praying to the Lord, and starting a new life. …Repentance is impossible without self-examination. But what purpose does self-examination serve, but to enable us to recognise our sins? Or what purpose does their recognition serve, unless we acknowledge their presence in us? Or what purpose would these three actions serve, if not to enable us to confess them before the Lord, to appeal for his help, and from this point on to start a new life, which is the end in view? This is real repentance.
…If real repentance is practised from time to time, in fact as often as you prepare yourself to partake of the Holy Supper, and if you thereafter refrain from one or two sins you caught oneself committing, this is enough to start the process of making it real. Anyone at that point is on their way to heaven, for that is when you begin to become spiritual instead of natural, and to be born anew under the Lord’s guidance.