Matthew 26:36 (HCSB)
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, m and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow —to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me.” 39 Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Have you ever prayed for something so important that your heart was ready to burst with sorrow? Have you ever been certain that God was going to answer your prayers, and He didn’t? Have you ever been angry at God for not answering your prayer the way you expected? Perhaps, your still holding on to some of bitterness towards God for “not being there” for you.
Christ knew what lay ahead of Him, the cross, the pain….the wrath of God. Sorrowful and deeply distressed, He went to the Father….His soul was SWALLOWED up in sorrow - to the point of death. Yet, He willingly went to the cross, and on the cross cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In that moment, Christ bore the sins of the world and suffered the agonizing loss of communion (relationship) with the Father.
Nothing strikes the heart deeper in a human than the loss of a loved one, the absence, the loneliness, the loss of beloved companionship, the aching memories that bring you back to the precious moments, only to know that there will be no memories left to create together.
With the knowledge of what lay ahead, Christ sets before us an example that must not be overlooked. He makes a statement so bold that it shapes the very foundation of how we should pray, and His example is so extreme that it leaves little doubt that there are any exceptions.
39 Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Christ’s will submitted to the Fathers will, in the most extreme circumstances. He knew what lay ahead, He didn’t want it but placed God’s will above all else. And, this is how we should live and pray.
A few weeks back, Pastor Mack in his sermon shared with us something a friend of his had said…”I’m learning to fall in love with the will of God”. I just don’t want only to submit to the will of God, I want to fall in love with His will. For me, its the only way I will be able to accept His will in dire circumstances. I believe that Jesus not only submitted to the will of God but was deeply and intimately in love with the Father’s will.
How will you fall in love with Him today?