“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
(Luke 22:42, NIV)
Jesus prayed that “Father if you are willing, please this cup of suffering away from me, yet I want your will be done, not mine” when He saw what was about to happen. On one hand, He felt the pains and suffering He had to endure from man. And on the other hand, He saw the Glory that awaits Him if He allows God’s will to come to pass. He chose the latter. God could have fulfilled Jesus’ will if Jesus wanted Him to because He (Jesus) had said earlier on that “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you have received it, it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24 NLT). In other words, Jesus could have had His prayer answered yet He prayed for God’s will to be done.
What was God’s will?
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. (Hebrews 10:10 NLT)
What did God do after Jesus prayed for His will to be done?
The scripture says “an angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened him” (Luke 22:43, NLT) when Jesus opted for God’s will. In other words, God sent an angel to come and equip Him for the task ahead. God knew people would reject Jesus when the time comes so He sent help from Heaven.
Friend, God will never let you go alone when you pray for His will to be done in whatever you do. He will send the right people to come your way, the right opportunities, the right spouse, the right servants, etc. Therefore don’t allow your “self” to come between your will and God’s will. God will answer whatever you pray for if you believe according to Mark 11:24 but it may not be the best for you. Reference to that is the story about the prodigal son. When he requested for his part of the dad’s properties, he had them but it ended him up in the swine field.
Was God’s will the Best for Jesus?
Jesus suffered and went through humiliation, rejection, pains, etc. when He allowed God’s will to be done in His life. Does that means God wanted Jesus to suffer? No. God was looking at the great future when Man can come to Him directly, when the issue of sin would be dealt with, when satan will no longer have control over His children, etc.The prize Jesus received was greater than the short-term sufferings He endured. The scripture says
“But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” Hebrews 10:12, NLT.
“When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11, NLT
Jesus was elevated to the place of highest honor when He allowed God’s will to supersede His will. This means that sometimes we may see or perceive the short-term pains and suffering, rejections and shames ahead of us when we decide to stand for God, or do what His Word wants us to do but let us focus on the prize we will receive afterwards. God isn’t pleased to see us suffer. He allows those things to come our ways so that He can position us to the place of highest honor. Therefore see those little challenges you face in your life as stepping-stones to greatness.
So often we give up and tend to blame God for the problems we go through; persecutions at the office because we chose to stand for God, rejections because we wouldn’t do what the world wants us to do, insults from people, humiliation, etc. Sometimes we forget to see the bigger picture, which is the eternal glory that awaits us. Each time people come against you because of your stand for God, Think of all the hostility Jesus endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. (Hebrews 12:3, NLT)
God wouldn’t allow you to go through that situation if He has no purpose for that. When you read through the scriptures, you will find that God had purpose for every challenge His Children faced. One example is Mordecai and the Jews in the book of Esther. Mordecai stood for God, did his best, and God rewarded him for his stand for Him (God). In fact, Mordecai’s enemy (Haman) planned how he was honoured. Thus when you go on your knees, don’t get negative about your situation, and stop asking the question “Lord, why me?” Instead, pray that “Father let me see the bigger picture, let me see the prize that awaits me after this situation” Jesus fixed His eyes on the Joy that was awaiting him. And Paul also had his eyes fixed on the prize.
Friend, God’s will is the best for your life. He will give you strength to face any challenge when you pray for His will to be done in your life. He will never let you go alone as His Spirit (The Holy Ghost) will guide your steps. The scripture says “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21, NIV) God will take you to the highest position if only you allow His will to supersede yours in Jesus’ Name. Amen