How Jesus Prayed: He Prayed the Father's Will
Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.”
Some people keep a list of prayer requests. They frequently and faithfully bring to God their needs and desires, believing God to do miracles and respond to their petitions. It is good to ask things of God. This demonstrates our level of faith and trust in Him to supply for our needs. Our prayers show what believe to be true about our God- that He is our healer, our counselor, our source and answer in every area of our lives. But to pray like Jesus, there is something we can add to each one of these petitions… “yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Jesus came to the Father with a request. He deeply desired suffering and pain to be removed and to not endure the pain of the cross. He was honest. He was sincere in his petition. He didn’t hold back from asking for what He wanted. But His prayer was presented in surrender. He realized that His deepest desire may or may not be the Father’s will. It is in this moment we see the absolute surrender and trust of Christ.
As we continue to approach the throne of God with confidence (Hebrews 4:16), may we be fully aware that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts (Is 55: 9). It is important to pray the Father’s will above our own because we know His plans are good, He is for us, and He will be faithful.
“You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
S. D. Gordon
“You should pray like this: our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name. Come inside of your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, is your obeyed in heaven. Give us her food for today. Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others. Best from being tempted to protect us from evil.“
Matthew 6:9-13 CEV