When we pray to God, we should pray with an expectation that his Will shall be done. It is His Will that we should desire and seek after. It is His Will that is best for us.
Consider the words of Jesus when he was praying to God in the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:39. He was soon to be tortured and crucified for our sins and he says these words:
“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.””
Even KNOWING that he was about to endure excruciating pain and torment, Christ’s desire was still that God’s will be done. Do you think he looked forward to being tortured? Bruised for our iniquities? Chastised for our sake? Hanging on a cross in agony? Dying as a perfect man for an imperfect world?? I don’t think so. But what was more important to him than the pain he was about to experience was God’s will being done. And if that will required his own suffering, he would do so. As so it should be with us. This is not to say that we should not make our requests known to God. But after we make that request, let us follow it with the words Jesus said; “Yet not as I will, but as YOU will.”
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What I want the most is for this to not be about me. But rather the focus be placed on Jesus Christ; the author and finisher of our faith. I am just a vessel willing to be used by him and for him.
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