Not My Will

Mark 14:36
And he (Jesus) said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will”


Written by: Russ Ripley

Have you ever prayed and then felt uncertain if God is listening? I don’t mean the “God, bless this food, amen” kind of prayer. I am talking about the heartfelt, earnest prayer. The kind of prayer you pray when you are really struggling at your job; when you have a child who doesn’t want anything to do with God; or when you have a loved one who has had a serious accident or is very ill. These prayers are the ones you feel deep in your stomach. Jesus understands the uncertainty.

We see examples of this in the Bible.

“And he (Jesus) said to them ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death.’”
– Mark 14:34

“And being in agony he (Jesus) prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became great drops of blood falling to the ground.”
– Luke 22:44

What was Jesus asking God the Father to do? “Remove this cup from me.” He was earnestly asking God for a different plan than the one that included His death on the cross.

What if God does not answer your prayer in the way you want? What if when you prayed about your job, you then lost that job. What if the child who doesn’t want God in his life won’t even speak to you? What if the injured loved one does not get better or even dies? What then? Does Jesus know that feeling? He does.

“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
– Matthew 26:42

Jesus trusted that the Father’s will was better than His will.

I once heard the analogy that life is like a puzzle on a glass table. We can only see from under the table and the underside of the puzzle. Where we see only grey cardboard, God sees the makings of a masterpiece. We may see a piece here or there that God has not put in place yet, but ultimately, we must trust God with putting it all together. We must put our faith in His will, not our own.

19-Devo-4.19Thought of the day: Do you have prayers that seem to go unanswered? Are you struggling with God’s answer? When you are in those places, God’s will is always best. He loves you and always wants what is best for you, even when you can’t see it. The disciples only saw Jesus crucified and buried at first. But three days later, they would see God’s best plan—Jesus resurrected. You can trust God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to trust You. Help me to pray, “Your will be done.” And help me to rest in the truth that You love me and always do what is best. Amen.