Not My Will, But Yours Be Done - Day 225

Verses of the Day - Mark 14:36 and Luke 22:42

Not My Will, But Yours Be Done
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Today's Bible Verses:

Mark 14:36
And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." (ESV)

Luke 22:42
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (NIV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Not My Will, But Yours Be Done

Jesus was about to undergo the most difficult struggle of his life—the crucifixion.

He knew what lay ahead. But as a flesh and blood man, he did not want to suffer and die. Jesus' example ought to be a comfort to us. We can pour out our honest desires to God, even when we know they conflict with his.

We sense the intense conflict in Jesus' prayer, as he sweated droplets of blood (Luke 22:44) and asked his Father to remove the cup of suffering. Then he surrendered, "Not my will, but yours be done."

Here Jesus demonstrated the turning point in prayer for all of us. Prayer is not about bending God's will to get what we want. The purpose of prayer is to seek God's will and then align our desires with his. Jesus willingly placed his desires in full submission to the Father’s will. Here is the turning point. We encounter the crucial moment again in Matthew's Gospel:

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." (Matthew 26: 39, NLT)

Jesus not only prayed in submission to God, he lived that way: "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me" (John 6:38, NIV). When Jesus gave the disciples the pattern for prayer, he taught them to pray for God's sovereign rule: "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10, NIV).

When we want something desperately, choosing God's will over our own is no easy feat. So when you pray, go ahead and honestly cry out the anguish in your soul, just as Jesus did. God can take it. Then lay down your stubborn, fleshy will.

If we truly trust God, we'll have the strength to let go of our wants and passions and believe that his will is perfect, right, and the very best thing for us.

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