By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 7, 2017
From Series: Easter
Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
When was the last time you felt so distraught that you starting sweating blood? We cannot even begin to comprehend just how overwrought with sorrow Jesus was knowing what He was about endure. No other human has ever felt such an intense desire to be spared from God’s will, nor has anyone shown as much humble obedience and faith in the Father’s will. Like us, Jesus naturally wanted to avoid pain and suffering and proved that it’s okay to ask God for deliverance. Then He modeled the perfect godly response by saying, “Let Your will be done”. The purpose of prayer is to seek God’s will and align our will with His.
God never promised us a trouble-free existence, but He did promise us His presence to guide us and help us weather every storm. Jesus said to follow Him no matter the cost. This means He’s not asking us to do what He’s unwilling to do or has never done Himself. That’s why we look to Jesus as the “author and perfecter of our faith”. Obedience to God’s will—no matter how difficult it is in the moment—will result in growth, blessing, and added strength. And we know that “in all things He works for our good” and His glory!
Pray for yourself and those around you to be open to God’s will.
Be inspired by Jesus’ passion by reading the full account of His last night in the Garden of Gethsemane.
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