Not My Will
"Going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, "My father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will but your will." Matthew 26:39 (NIV)
Jesus was human; he connected with humanity. We often see Jesus more like God, rather than a human being with emotions, struggles, and feelings. This passage reminds us Jesus was a human being like you and me. Within only hours, Jesus would be faced with death, a brutal death by crucifixion with much pain, agony, and suffering. He prayed during this time for God to "let this cup pass from me." In other words, let me not have to die like this, let this situation not have to happen. Don't we sometimes feel this way; a challenge is ahead of us, and we don't want to have to deal with it. We pray for God to remove it or not let it have to happen. Our prayer ends there.
Jesus was selfless. As he continued in prayer, he said, "Yet not as I will but as you will." You see Jesus knew God, and he spent time with God. He understood God's purpose for his life. He knew for his purpose to be lived out, he had to die. His death was God's plan for us to be forgiven. Jesus is a great example to us in so many ways. His selflessness and his dependence on God through prayer and relationship are just two examples for us to live by from this passage. Don't let your prayers end with, don't let this or that happen. Move beyond, as Jesus did, and pray for whatever God wants for you to be done. God is faithful.