More Than Words | Matthew 26:39 | Devotional
Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
There are some who approach prayer with a list of imperative sentences. “God, I want you to do this. And when you get that done, here’s another thing. And sorry for the reminder, but you forgot to get done the thing I asked for two days ago. I needed it…yesterday. In Jesus’ name. Amen.” Some even teach that “praying with faith” is telling God what you want, when you want it, and that you will not take “no” for an answer.
Is praying “your will be done” a copout? Not according to Jesus. In the most intense prayer of his life (Luke tells us that his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground), Jesus emotionally expressed his desire, but concluded, “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Prayer is a personal conversation with God. It is not a laundry list of imperatives. In the conversation with my Heavenly Father, I can and should express my personal desires just like Jesus did. And, just like Jesus did, I hand over my desires to the perfect will of God. By the way, that’s not a copout…it’s called—obedience.
Father, thank you for the privilege of bringing our desires before You. Thank You for allowing us to share our heart openly and honestly. But Father, we always want Your will done in our lives—Your good, pleasing, and perfect will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.