Pray Both Parts

Most of our prayers are done halfway. We are all aware of Jesus’ agony in the Garden. The cross is before Him. So, He spends an intimate and intense moment with the Father. He utters one of the most famous prayer lines ever, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” The cup is of course the cross. Jesus’ desire was to avoid the cross. He knew the agony that awaited. Yet, Jesus submitted Himself to the will of the Father.

We are good at the first half of the prayer. We tell God all about our crosses. We don’t want to go through something. We don’t want to do something. We don’t want to go somewhere. We ask God to spare us and pass the cup. That is good and godly. We need to take everything to the Lord in prayer, but we don’t need to leave off the last half of the prayer – Thy Will Be Done.

Are you praying both parts? I am sure you are asking God to take the cup. Are you asking for God’s will to be done? The cross was the very will of God. Perhaps the cross you bear is God’s will as well. Perhaps it is not. Either way, you need to submit yourself to God’s will, whatever that may be.

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