Aug 3 - Prayer Life of Jesus 10

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”  
   ~ Lk 22:39-42 


This is one of the most often quoted prayers of Jesus... Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but Yours be done. Not my will, but Yours be done. Ouch!

Have you ever struggled with what you perceived was the will of God for you? Well, here is good news. Jesus did too.

The most basic human instinct is survival, and remember, Jesus was fully human. He wanted to live. He didn’t want to suffer. Yet He knew that God’s will for Him involved a painful death. And He really didn’t want to do that. Would you?

So what did He do? Run? Whine? Attempt to barter a better way? 
No. He prayed. And in prayer, He surrendered to the will of the Father.

When I say, “Lord, teach me to pray,” am I willing to learn this lesson -- its God’s will, not mine, no matter what the personal cost. 

I can only do that if I believe that it is a high privilege to be a part of God’s eternal plan, and that God will what is good for me in the end. 

How can I do that? Only by looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[a] the joy that was set before him endured the cross. (Hebrews 12:2)

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