“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” – Luke 22:42
The Lord praying in the garden before His arrest is one of the most powerful passages in Scripture. We seem Him being completely human, in asking the Father if there is another way. Yet, we hear Him utter a few words that very few if any of us are truly capable of saying let alone actually meaning..”not my will,but thine,be done”
At any given moment in our lives, we all have a cup to drink out of. This could be something we want or don’t want, wish we had or didn’t have or were or weren’t. It could be a personal struggle, a work situation, a problem in school, a relationship, money matters..whatever…
How often have I, in my own life, prayed for something I really longed for BUT only halfheartedly if that, said to the Lord – not mine, but thy will be done in the matter(s)? What did the Lord want to teach us with His prayer in the garden?
Even if our desires are most noble and wonderful and we think it will do a lot of good and result in much joy and strengthen our walk with God (because He answered us?), it could it be that what we long for with all our heart and mind may not be His will.
Yeah, it’s hard. And no, there is no quick fix for the pain and disappointment that follows. I believe, the answer is faith. Psalm 27:13-14 describes our condition and the cure best:
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
When things don’t go the way we had hoped for, it almost feels like we are about to pass out, never to wake up again. But we are called to believe that the God who gave His only Son to die for us will strengthen us if we just hold on to His promises and wait in humble patience.
Let us pray that the desires in our hearts that we pray for in earnest everyday, that we worry about unnecessarily and think about constantly, may they be pleasing to the Lord our God and be in accordance with the pleasing and perfect plans He has for our lives and those who are in our lives. May the Lord help us surrender all areas of our lives completely to Him. May He may be glorified in our lives. May His Holy Spirit move in us so that we may serve Him and love Him with all our mind, our heart, our soul and our strength. May we in all things at all times, find joy, contentment, rest, peace and purpose in Him.
In the most precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I pray.