If you’ve ever fallen asleep while praying, you’re in good company. Eleven of the disciples caught some zzzzs in the Garden of Gethsemane while Jesus prayed.
If you’ve ever asked God to get you out of suffering or pain, you’re also in good company. Jesus asked the Father to do the same as He prayed in Gethsemane.
But Jesus’ prayer wasn’t a prayer of complaining about pain. There were four game-changing words He included in His prayer that we need to learn to include in ours:
“YOUR WILL, NOT MINE.”
Jesus asked the Father for a way out of drinking the cup of God’s judgment on the cross, then added, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours be done.” That’s the key phrase that is often left out of our prayers. Why is praying for God’s will to be done so important? By praying for God’s will instead of your own, you are effectively telling God you trust His plan above your own plans, ideas, and agenda.
God answered Jesus’ prayer in the Garden…but not in the main way Jesus asked. Instead of removing the cup from Jesus, the Father sent an angel to strengthen Jesus to drink the cup. Moments later, Jesus stood confidently as His betrayer entered the Garden to arrest Him.
God will always answer your prayers too, but often not in the way you thought. This is why “Your will, not mine” is so key. You’re submitting to God’s will and simultaneously reminding yourself that God’s plan is best, no matter how good yours seems.
Prayer isn’t so much about getting answers from God; it’s about getting strength from God. He will equip you with everything you need when you just ask.
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