"He walked away, about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if You are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not mine.' Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened Him." -Luke 22:41-43
Have you ever prayed the prayer above? Have you ever said to God, "Not my will Father, but Yours be done." What an amazing statement by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It may seem like quite a dangerous statement. Do we really trust God enough to completely give our lives over to Him? Are we really willing to do anything? However, I would argue that it is even more dangerous to get to the end of our lives, stand before God, and fail to hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant..."
When we first accept Jesus as our Savior, we entrust our spiritual well-being and the destination of our soul to Him. Then, we progressively begin to understand what it means to live out the words, "not my will, but Yours be done."
Even though Jesus was Lord over the universe, He still deferred His authority to His Father, God - God of all creation. And through Jesus' willingness, God was able to accomplish something miraculous through Him. His death... His resurrection. He completely changed the world.
Have you ever prayed that prayer, "Not my will, but Yours be done?" I wonder how the world could be changed by our willingness to do anything, to be whatever God needed us to be. Will you have the faith and courage to pray it today?