"He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, 'My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.'" - Matthew 26:39 NLT
Thoughts for Today
God has a plan for each of our lives—a good plan. He wants us to trust in him and his love and to lean into his plans for us.
As we make our plans and set our goals day to day, year to year, we need to submit our plans and our desires to him. We need to come to the point where we can follow Jesus' example and honestly say, "I want your will to be done, not mine."
Consider this …
Sometimes God's plan is different from ours. But it is always better. He has the "big picture." He knows how all things will work together for the ultimate good.
God loves you unconditionally. Are you willing to return his love by saying, "Father, I want your will to be done, not mine."
Father, help me not to ever let selfishness or arrogance keep me from submitting to your plan for my life. I know you love me and want what is best for my loved ones and me. Help me give my desires to you and trust you completely. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Authentic Living in an Artificial World by Dr. Mike Chapman. This 45-minute group study gives understanding about what it means to be real. The facilitator's guide includes reproducible group member study sheets and an audio CD designed to help facilitators prepare for each session. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a study for individuals or couples.
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