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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.”
These are the words of Jesus in a pathos-ridden prayer to his Father. It happened on the night that soon after He prayed these words He was betrayed and taken toward His eventual crucifixion. His prayer to his Father was, in my paraphrase, “Can I Get Out Of This?”
How many times in your life have you been faced with something that was beyond your ability to do, or cope with? I know I’ve faced those kinds of challenges in my life on more than one occasion. Certainly nothing I’ve ever faced has been to the level of what Jesus faced. Nevertheless, He prayed what I’ve often thought, “Can I Get Out Of This?” All of us will, in time, be faced with challenges that tax every ounce of strength we have. It’s not a crime or a sin to want to escape tough challenges in our lives, but here’s where Jesus set the bar. After admitting that this may be beyond Him, He then said, “Not my will, but thy will.” That’s what it all comes down to in the Believer’s life. Are we willing to trust the will of God more than our own inabilities? If you’re faced with something bigger than you today, it’s ok to ask, “Can I Get Out Of This?” But just be willing to follow it up with, “Not my will, but your will, dear Jesus.”
This AM You already know what I want to ask. But here’s what I’m going to actually say out loud, Not my will but Your will. That’s what I really want. Amen