Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
I am having difficulty with understanding what 'cross' means.
Leaving behind your ordinary life to follow Jesus?
To bear all difficulties with grace and trust?
Feeling like everything you are and do is more than one can bear?
To bear all difficuties with grace and trust, is, in itself, an extraordinary thing to do, and realistically, we humans are not extraordinary; we all have limited tolerance to difficulties.
And so we pray.
And what of prayer?
If these difficulties are a cross, how does prayer help? We pray for others' to trust God at this time of burden, to bear the difficulties with His grace. A good thing!!
And yet we also pray to alleviate the burden.
Is this not then praying to alleviate the cross?? That which we should bear?
Would someone help me with this please?