Intimacy. This is the word that comes to mind when I see this passage play out in my mind. Jesus has arrived in the final moments before His arrest at a point of deep, intense sorrow. Commentators say it is described as the greatest sorrow imaginable. Jesus surrenders His heart to His Father and ultimately surrenders to His Father's will.
Jesus knew the greater good that would come from His sacrifice on the cross, but He still felt unimaginable sorrow. He still petitioned His Father to take it away from Him. He doesn’t hold back His desires, yet He still surrenders to God’s will.
There are challenges small and large that come every single day in our lives. For some reason it is easy for us to feel as though we shouldn’t reveal these things to God. They’re too trivial or maybe too deep. Jesus’ expression is different. He goes to His Father with His greatest trouble even though He knows His Father's will. So we, too, can go to God in our trials, no matter what they are, with an attitude of ‘not my will but yours be done.’
Praying to God isn’t about rules. You can come before your Heavenly Father with whatever is happening in your life. Just like Jesus, it is important that our hearts surrender to what God's will is, because even when we don’t see it, it is always good.
1. What are the things you really want to talk to God about?
2. What does it mean to pray saying ‘not my will, but yours be done’?
Spend some time giving all things big and small in your life over to God. All desires, wants, needs and more. Take time to let God be God.
Dear Heavenly Father, here’s how I really feel today…