Read Luke 21-22
Highlight: Luke 22: 39-46
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
Often, we approach our privilege of talking to God through prayer in a very human fashion. Our prayers of supplication can have a demanding overtone and appear more like directives as we issue orders of how God is to solve a problem, as we see it.
Consider whether you are attempting to micro-manage God rather than bringing a concern for Him to address in accordance with His will and greater understanding of the larger picture.
Some of our greatest periods of growth in our journey of faith can come through those experiences we would, logically, never want to live through a second time—they were hard, and they hurt.
Two examples of prayer we received from Jesus demonstrate that we should defer to God….”Thy will be done……” in the Lord’s Prayer, and, in the Garden as He awaited betrayal by Judas, Jesus deferred to God’s decision over His own preference regarding the passing of this cup.
Luckily for us, God has demonstrated that He understands the immense burden that we bear by being humans and (based on outcomes), He seems to forgive our human foibles.
Pray often and with sincerity, but defer to His will. Occasionally, your prayer may need to include a request for assistance to accept the outcome, whatever it may be.
Righteous God, Jesus knew no sin, but he became as sin for our sake. He prayed for the disciples that they would not fall into temptation. He prayed for the strength to do his Father’s will and bear the cross. Lord, help me also to do your will, even when it is very hard. Keep me from temptation and the desire to take the easy way out. Strengthen me by faith to follow you, through all I have to do today. Let me give you the honor and praise through Jesus Christ my savior. Amen.