“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
‒ Luke 22: 42 (NIV)
What a beautiful thing to look back and see God through major events in our lives. When things are hard, we struggle to find God in the moment. Once things settle down, the idea that God was behind the situation all along becomes far easier to acknowledge. This is especially true when God says, “Yes.” The hard part is praising God for the times he says, “No.”
With His disciples on the Mount of Olives, Jesus was fully aware of the suffering He was about to endure. He asks God to relieve Him of this burden and acknowledges that He wants God’s will fulfilled.
God sent an Angel to comfort Jesus, but he didn’t change the fulfillment of His purpose. I guess you could say that God told Jesus, “No.” Jesus suffered for our benefit. God had a plan!
If we pray without ceasing and fully trust God, a “no” is a welcomed response. It might serve as a notification that we’re drifting to the wrong side of the road. “No” may also be God telling us not to worry; He has a plan.
When you pray, don’t just ask for what you desire. Pray that He will ease your burden and provide clarity as His will unfolds.
- Shaun Hamilton