39 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.”
40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Matthew 26:39-44
Jesus life was built in the place of prayer. When we examine His life throughout the gospel we see that He was constantly getting alone with His Father. Early in the morning before the sun rose the Lord would get alone to pray. Many times after a major miracle He would get alone with His Father to pray. Before He choose the twelve disciples He spent all night in prayer.
When Jesus came to earth He emptied Himself of His heavenly glory and became fully man. Everything He did was done through the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. It was the time the Lord spent in prayer that prepared the way for every out pouring of the Holy Spirit in His life.
When the prayer of our lives becomes thy will be done, we know that we are walking intimately with the Lord. Many times when people start out praying they believe the purpose of prayer is to go before the Lord, bring your petitions, and pray for the things you want.
But as we grow deeper in our relationship with God we come to find that prayer is actually a place of surrender and the will of God becomes the driving force in our lives. It is at the cross the Lord asks us to lay down our wants and our desires, and to take up His will and to seek first His kingdom. As we seek Him in the place of prayer our hearts and minds supernaturally through the power of the Holy Spirit align with His.
Prayer is not about bringing a list of wants before the Lord and trying to manipulate Him into giving us what we want. To do this is to reduce our relationship with God to simply pagan idolatry. But prayer is actually the place were we are transformed by the Lord’s presence. It is in the place of prayer that deep intimacy is developed with the Lord. It is impossible to walk in the deep things of God if we never develop a daily, personally prayer life.
As we go before the Lord in prayer each day He is shaping and molding us. He is shaping us into a vessel of His glory. Whenever God does anything in the world He moves and acts through the lives of His people. Today the Lord is seeking those who would simply pray “not my will, but yours be done”.
It is a difficult things sometimes to pray thy will be done because we cannot see beyond the present circumstances. As we see from the account of the garden of Gethsemane that this is what Jesus prayed as He was about to not only go to the cross, but when He was going to be thoroughly flogged.
The cross was a gruesome and painful death. A person who was crucified faced not only the pain of the nails that pierced their hands and their feet, but they also faced a slow suffocation. As they held the weight of their body up by their hands and their feet, every time they breathed in and let air out they were slowly suffocating.
But the Lord knew that this is why He had come to earth. He knew the price that had to be paid and He knew what the result of the cross meant. It meant victory over sin and death. It meant restoration and reconciliation for the human race for any who would bow their knee to Jesus Christ.
Today as we go about our lives may the prayer of our hearts be thy will be done. May we be willing to lay down all things at the foot of the cross and simply seek to know the Lord in a greater, more intimate way. He is simply seeking those who would be faithful in the place of prayer. He is simply seeking those who would lay down all things for His kingdom.
Today no matter what you are facing, know that if you place it in the hands of God that He will carry you. He will strengthen you and give you the wisdom you need. This life is not about our will and this life is not about our comfort. This life is about His will and the advancement of His kingdom. This is only possible as we as His sons and daughters cry out with all our might “thy will be done”.