In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was facing the toughest decision of His life. He knew a slow and painfully cruel death was waiting for Him. He did not want to suffer the torture and humiliation of the cross. But, His response to the Father’s will serves as an example for us to follow: Not as I will, but as you will. Despite the pain, Jesus chose to reject His own will and accept God’s will. He expects His followers to do the same.
39 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.” – Matthew 26:39
42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” – Matthew 26:42
Excerpt from How To Know God’s Will by Steve Murrell
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