Not My Will
Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.
As Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before He was to be crucified, He was intensely praying for God’s will to be done. Divinely, Jesus knew what needed to be done but on the humanity side He was dreadful of what was to come. This verse points to the fact that Jesus was fully man and fully God.
Jesus was praying for God to remove the cup of suffering. He was praying if there could be any other way besides the cross then let it be. But if not, then the will of the Father is best. Jesus wanted the will of God to be done, perfectly. This should be our prayer as well. We should pray for God’s will to be done in our life not matter what. No matter what suffer, loss, or anguish we must face it will be for the Lord’s sake.
Sometimes we don’t fully seek the will of God for our lives. We seek was pleases us the most and when we face a mess we turn to God for help. God’s will is always best for us but it’s not always the easiest. We too may face suffering and shame in our walk with God but in the end we should always remember that if it is God’s will then it is the best way. It’s hard sometimes to agree to have God’s will to be done in our life but we should yield our will and way to His. Since God knows all things and He knows the future then we need to pray the same prayer that Jesus prayed.
Lord, today, nonetheless, not my will, but yours, be done. I submit to your will and way for my life.