Not as I Will

by - 9:28 AM

I've always struggled between praying for the things I want and praying for the things God wants.

In Matthew 26, Jesus modelling a beautiful way to pray to our Creator. Before Jesus was arrested, he took the disciples to a place called Gethsemane. He turned to Peter and said,"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death".

 Jesus was in pain. He was beginning to feel the weight of what was before him. He fell to the ground and began to pray:"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will."

1. Jesus was honest.
We must first be honest. Bring our pain and our hurt to God. Lay it all out on the floor and look to him to relieve it. Ask him for help. We know he can heal us, provide for us, rescue us so we can ask him to intervene. We have a good father, and He wants us to turn to him for help rather than this world.

2. Jesus went back to pray three times.
We need to get into the habit of continual prayer. There are things I've had to pray for once, and it was provided (peace). But then there are things that I have been praying for years about, and still waiting on God. We need to keep reaching out to God for his help and trust that He hears his children.

3. Jesus trusted his Father.
The most beautiful part of Jesus' prayer was "Yet, not as I will, but as you will." Jesus did not just ask God to remove this cup of suffering from him... he re-established his trust in his Father at the end of each prayer. He did not discount his own wants and needs, he made sure to voice them, but he ended his prayers with the very foundation of our faith -- trusting in the One who has the bigger picture in the palm of his hands.

Could you imagine if God answered Jesus?
There wouldn't be a cross.

What are some prayers God is not answering for you? 
Is it possible, He has something better, more beautiful, and magnificent planned?

I pray I get into this posture - that although my prayers are asking God to move in ways I need him to, I will establish complete trust in His plan. I know He hears my prayers.

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  1. This is so true. Sometimes we do not understand our God's plans and think he's not answering them when in reality he is legit saving us from the big troubles.