2. Jesus prayed for God’s will, even at His expense.
Do you ever struggle with understanding God’s ways? Or do you get the idea, now and then, that Jesus didn’t know what it was like to be you? If you’re going through a difficult time, whatever it is, it’s safe to say Jesus dealt with feelings far more isolated and painful than you ever will.
He was not only tortured and murdered for His relationship with and obedience to God, but He knew it was coming and He walked toward it willingly with the intention of obedience unto death.
In Luke 22:42, Jesus showed His humanity more than at any other time, when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane with literally blood, sweat and tears: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
Jesus clearly wrestled with what would happen to Him in the next several hours and days and He wrestled with those thoughts alone, too. Three of His closest friends, whom He brought along with Him that evening for His prayer support, couldn’t stay awake to pray for Him a few yards away, even though He interrupted His prayer time twice to come back to the huddle and ask them to keep praying for Him.
Jesus’ persistence in prayer, to the point of blood and sweat, shows us He wrestled with His imminent death. Yet, He ultimately wanted God’s way, not His.
Jesus’ prayer was a beautiful example to us of His obedience unto death, as He sought God’s glory, regardless of what it meant to Him, personally. His struggle in prayer that night in the Garden is evidence that we have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses, our temptations and our struggles (Hebrews 4:15-16) and therefore, we can draw near to Him with confidence when we have a need.
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden showed us that He, too, experienced all that we will experience when it comes to the trials of this life. He also showed us what it looked like to put aside His own comfort and convenience and very life and give Himself wholeheartedly and trustingly into the hands of His Father.
What a perfect example to us of unswerving trust in His all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving Heavenly Father.
Lord God, help me to seek Your will over my own so that ultimately You will be glorified in all I say and do. Even when I don’t understand the path You have laid out before me, help me to surrender to You as Jesus did, and say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
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