Wednesday, October 10
They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Jesus didn’t need to pray. Have you ever had that thought? He’s God. He has everything He needs. His Father already knows His thoughts. He already knows the Father’s will. Yes, He is God but that does not change the fact that He took on the limitations by becoming a man and had to submit Himself to His Father’s will. We can’t relate to the struggle of being both God and human, but this we can relate to: our will and God’s will are not always the same. So what do we do? Ask and submit. Have you ever convinced yourself that you don’t even need to ask God because you are not sure if what you are asking is something God wants? Ask anyway. Jesus did. He said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me.” Pour out your heart to God. Let Him know your desires, your struggles, your fears. Let it be raw and real and then be prepared to submit to whatever answer God gives you. “Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Pray today for something that you might be uncertain of how God will answer. Maybe you have even convinced yourself that it is not worth asking for. Maybe you have asked already several times. If He has not made the answer clear, keep asking. If He has provided you an answer, then let Him know that you want His will to be done (even if it means putting yours aside). Remember, pray no matter what.