Maundy Thursday March 24
God's Will Be Done - Psalm 40:8(NIV)
“I desire to do your will, O my God---"
The night Jesus was betrayed, Scripture gives us a clear picture as the events of that night unfold. Jesus is praying to His Father and asks, “Father if you are willing take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done.” Only in Luke’s Gospel does it say an Angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him as he prays in anguish.
Knowing that the things to come that night were not going to be pleasant, He still yielded Himself to the will of God the Father.
We try to understand what the weight of that “cup” must have been to bear, but we can never fully comprehend it. He was to pay for my sin, your sin, and the sins of world, and this would be brought to completion as Christ would take every vile sin and pay its price. He was beaten, mocked, and hung on the cross.
There is comfort in prayer. Even in the very worst times of our lives, when we are struggling, there is comfort in prayer.
But, how many times do we sincerely pray, “Not my will, but yours Lord?”
Sometimes we want to pray for the outcome, and it tends to be our outcome. Even in our most anguishedprayer, we come away with peace and comfort, knowing that God hears us and he strengthens us. We can rest assured, God’s Will will be done.
After Jesus is finished praying in the garden that night, he gets up and is fully ready to finish the work His Father sent Him to earth to complete.
Thank you for always hearing and answering our prayers even though they aren’t always answered the way we want. Teach us to pray for Your will, not ours. Most of all, thank you for the comfort and peace You give to every circumstance when brought to You in prayer.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Deaconess Cathy Benzler (Cherokee) - Olympic Peninsula, Washington