The Prayer That Never Fails

"Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done." - Luke 22:42
Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

The prayer that never fails. That’s what Jesus’s prayer here is called. “Not my will, but Yours be done.” On the surface, it seems simple enough. But if you go beyond just saying the words with your mouth and actually meaning them with your heart—that’s not as easy.

It requires death. Death of a dream. Death of your own desire. A dying to self.

When I pray this prayer sincerely at the start of a day, entrusting my time and tasks to Christ, I’ve learned to be prepared to set my task list aside and have a day completely different from what I expected. Interruptions, meeting the needs of others, God’s agenda instead of mine.

That’s a relatively easy one compared to some other answers to the prayer that never fails. As Christians, we’ve been promised suffering.

Read Acts 14:22, 1 Peter 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:12, and Philippians 1:29.

It’s not a truth we like to hear. It’s uncomfortable. (See Tuesday’s post.) To pray this prayer from the heart requires humility (see yesterday’s post), trust, and submission to God. Jesus showed us how it’s done. “He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death (Philippians 2:8).” Jesus’s obedience led to our salvation.

Oh, to be submitted to the will of the Father like Jesus!

What might God accomplish in and through us then?!

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