Not My Will: Good Friday Devotional

Good Friday

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” ~ Mark 14:32-36

Jesus chose to die for our sins, yet it was not easy for Him. The pain He endured hurt Him just as much as it would hurt you or me. He knew God could send an army of angels to save Him from all He was going to suffer. He prayed that He wouldn’t have to go through with it—but then He said, “Not what I will, but what You will.” We don’t always do that. We like to tell God what we need—usually a want, not a need—and we think God should answer our prayer with whatever we asked for. He can do that, for sure, and He may do that, possibly, but our prayer should be for His will, not our own.

Father in Heaven, We do not want to take Your blessings for granted. Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and Your ways are higher than our ways. Please bring our wills into accordance with Your will so that we will always pray in Your will. In the holy name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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