Title: Not My Will
Mark 14:32-36 (ESV)
And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
In Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, He puts on display the tension every human faces when called to do something right, but difficult. Jesus held two desires in His heart: the desire to not experience the pain and suffering He was about to go through, and the desire to do the will of His Father. He felt the tension so greatly that other accounts (Luke 22) said He sweated drops of blood. So, Jesus prayed and asked God to help. Though He felt both desires, His greatest desire was to submit and do what the Father asked, even if it was difficult. Though He felt the tension, Jesus freely chose submission, trusting that God’s way would be best.
- What is one thing that stands out to you today as you read?
- Are you wrestling with something that you know God is asking you to do, yet you feel the tension Jesus felt?
- Pray and ask God to help you choose His will in that situation.