Scripture: Matthew 26:36, 38-29, 48-49 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane. and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
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.” While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.
Devotional: Jesus knew what He would have to face in giving Himself as a sacrificial lamb. Yet in His humanity, he suffered in prayer for what He would be facing. His flesh was weak, and He relied on prayer and God’s Spirit to give him the courage to fulfill what He had come to do. “Yet not as I will, but as You will”He said to the Father.
If Jesus had to suffer in prayer and rely on God’s Spirit in the way that He did, how much more do you and I need to do the same! Praying that God’s will be done, not our own, and then living out His will as a living sacrifice is not an easy thing. You can expect to suffer, to be hated, to be betrayed, to feel alone in it.
But you are never alone.
- In what areas are you praying to God, “Yet not as I will, but as you will”?
- In what areas do you need to pray this?