"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
I've heard a lot of people pray. I've heard children pray, students pray, and adults pray. I've prayed a lot of prayers in my lifetime, too. And I believe we have all either heard this statement before or we've made it ourselves: "Not my will but thy will be done." Do we really mean that when we pray? Do we really want what God wants, or are we just saying that? Jesus was in Gethsemane during His last days, and He was there praying to His Father. And He said these powerful words, and I believe He meant them: "Yet not as I will, but as You will." Jesus' entire life was about saying and doing what His Father willed Him to do. He was faithful in every area of service, and He would be found faithful in this area (this cup), as well. Yes, even to the point of a sacrificial, horrendous death, Jesus would be found faithful to His Father's will. Jesus' prayer would be a prayer that changed the world as we know it. Jesus' death would be a death that changed the world as we know know it. And three days later, it would be His resurrection that changed the course of history for Christ followers all across the world in every season under the sun. I thank God for the prayer Jesus prayed in Gethsemane that day!