Praying with Jesus: Not My Will, But Thine

We want what we want, but that’s not necessarily what is best either for us or for others. Are you willing to submit to the will of God when you pray?

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

I’ve got a long list of things I pray for. I pray for healing. I pray for safety. I pray for wisdom. I pray that I’d be able to pay the bills each month. The list goes on. These are all my will. Even when praying for others, I’m praying that my will be done for those people (like they would be healed or protected from all harm).

My will is not perfect. My will can be selfish. But God’s will is perfect.

Jesus’ prayer in the garden was not an easy one. He knew what lie before Him, the horrible suffering He was about to endure; but He trusted the Father’s will. He knew the Father’s will was perfect and loving, even if it was difficult.

As those called by the Holy Spirit into faith, our desire is that our will would be more and more like the will of the Father and that even when our will differs, we would be willing to submit our will to the Father’s will.

Heavenly Father,

Your will is good and perfect. Sometimes, my will differs from Your will. When it does, I submit myself to You. May Your will be done, even if it is difficult. And may my will be more like Yours every day.

Amen

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