THE PRAYER THAT NEVER FAILS
And he (Jesus) went a little further and fell on his face and prayed saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. He went away again the second time and prayed saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:39, 42
If I believe that God’s way and will for me is the best way, I will always pray the prayer that never fails. But, I will bear my heart with you and tell you that is the very hardest prayer for me to pray. In fact, I find it almost impossible to pray.
I am afraid to pray that prayer because that means that I am not in control of the results. Of course, I am not ever in control of God’s will in my life, but somehow I think that I am and how utterly erroneous that is!
Think with me about what could be the results of my praying that prayer. I would open up my arms that have been so tightly wrapped around myself that have been trying so very, very hard to protect me from the bad things of this life. I would be letting go of the steering wheel of my life and moving over to let that Someone who knows it all take it.
No longer would I need to Google Mapquest and print out directions that just do not quite get me all the way to my destination. I would not need the GPS that can send me around in circles or take me on a route that I know is not the fastest because I have been a better way.
Imagine the relief that I could feel in totally trusting God knowing that HE knows it ALL. My shoulders would finally relax and I would no longer catch myself clenching my jaws together. I could just BREATHE!
So, why do I fight it? Why do I keep hitting at air? Why do I continue to be so afraid to say to God, “Thy will be done”? How can I be so mindless in my thinking that I know better than God.
In the above verses, Jesus had to pray that prayer twice. He was in human form experiencing all the emotions that I experience and He was not liking what was ahead. Yet, He, unlike me, knew the outcome of what He was facing. He saw the joy that was set before Him and knew what was going to be thet outcome not only for Him but for me – joy that death and the enemy were going to be defeated and joy that if I accepted what He had done for me on that cross, I was going to live with Him eternally.
Oh God, please help me to quit holding on so very tightly to what I want! Help me to unstrap this heavy load that I’ve been carrying for so long – this load of my will versus Your will – and to allow You to finally lift it off my shoulders as I say to You, “Father, Your will be done. Help me not to be afraid to pray the prayer that never fails.
written by Candy Feathers