“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.” Matthew 26:39
Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. He is just about to be betrayed and then crucified and He knows this.
Think about this for a minute. Put yourself in the place where Jesus was. He has absolute power. He created the planets and stars and everything else by His word. He has done absolutely nothing wrong to anyone or God the Father.
Yet, now, He is about to be crucified on a cross. Not only is He going to get crucified, His Father, whom He has been with for all eternity, is going to turn His back on Him. There will be a moment of separation.
He does what any person would do, ask God the Father if there is another way to do this.
God does not have any problem with the asking of this request. The Father does not change the answer. Jesus must still be crucified.
Where Jesus does the right thing is in finishing that request with stating that He wants the Father’s desire to be done. Even though Jesus has all power and authority, He sets that aside to do the Father’s desire.
What is God asking you to do today? Are you willing to do it?
Very often people hear God tell them clearly to do something, but then decide not to do it. They question God and decide their own way is better.
The Father may not be asking you to physically be killed, but He is asking you to lay yourself aside and do something for Him. Whatever that thing is, it is for your good, for the good of others, and for the good of the kingdom of heaven.
Just as Jesus stated that He wanted the Father’s will to be done, so you must also want the Father’s will to be done. Set your short-term desires aside and follow God fully. It will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will do God’s will; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit to do His will; that you will not turn away from God’s desire for your life; and that God will make you more like Jesus and build His kingdom through you.