He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
– Luke 22:41-44
I can’t imagine all that you were feeling as you began the final journey to the cross, but I know what you prayed in the end: “Your will, not mine.” While this is a prayer of ultimate submission, it is also a victory cry; it is where your earthly chains began to loosen and eternal purpose took hold. I pray that as I face whatever lies before me, I can be courageous and pray for God’s will, not mine, and embrace surrender and victory in one obedient prayer.
In Your Name,
CALL TO ACTION:
It is painful to think of the unbelievable anguish Jesus must have felt in the days leading up to his crucifixion. In his vulnerable human form, he begged God to give him another path rather than the one set out before him—much like we beg God to change our circumstances to suit our will, not his. Today, as you reflect on the fact that even Jesus struggled to submit to God’s will instead of his own desire, listen to the worship songs, “It was Finished on the Cross,” “For the Cross,” and “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” and pray for God to move you through the next days of Holy Week in a powerful way.
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