Luke 22:39-46 (42) – “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (NIV)
When Christ taught us how to pray, He mentioned several facts about prayer (Matthew 6:5-15). For example, we must not be hypocritical when praying and repeating words because God only rewards prayers from the heart. Among other points that Jesus mentioned about prayers, acknowledging God’s will is essential. In other words, after gaining access to God’s presence through praises, we must accept His supremacy over our requests.
The Book of Jeremiah 29:11-13 and 3 John 2 reveals the pureness of the Lord’s mind towards us. However, it is when we wait on Him that we enjoy His glory. Nothing compares to bowing to the will of the Father because it portrays humility, obedience, confidence and joy (Psalms 40:8). We saw this practical example in Christ when He was crucified. He wished for the trial to be averted, but He submitted to the Father’s will in our Bible reading. If the divine plan had not taken its cause that day, what would have become of you and me?
Beloved, when we succumb to God’s will, we would not pray selfishly but intercede according to the leading of the Holy Spirit. After all, we do not know how to pray (Romans 8:26-28). Finally, conforming to God’s will in prayer signifies that we understand that His word is settled (Psalms 119:89-96). Therefore, are there ways you have been hindering heaven’s purpose for your life and others? Do a check and repent!
Hymn: Take my Life, and let it Be – Frances R. Havergal (1874)
1. Father, please forgive my selfishness, pride and resistance to Your will.
1. Confess: ‘I surrender to Your perfect will, Father, please direct me and prosper the works of my hands!
2. Father, turn every negative Yes to positive No in my life.
3. Father, as individuals, family and the church, make us evidence of Your power.
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