Not for the Faint of Heart

We cannot escape the plain truth that Jesus prayed for the will of God to be changed, and that He did so without sinning. Neither can we escape the fact that God said “no” three times, and that our Lord submitted to the painful realities of the will of God in His redemptive life. His march toward the cross from Gethsemane was the remainder of this prayer. Through mocking, beating, the lash, the cross bearing, and slow suffocation as He lifted His torn back on splintered wood, to the death He died, shorn of dignity, was the ultimate expression of praying “Your will be done.”

Once again we are face-to-face with the reality that the Lord’s Prayer is no prayer for the faint of heart. To utter “Your will be done” may mean praying away your life!

–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka

Lord Jesus, You willingly submitted to death, even knowing the agony You would suffer.  Strip me of my selfish desires and my grumbling and turn my face towards the will of the Father, no matter what such dangerous praying might mean for my own personal welfare!  Use me for Your glory and not my own gain! 

Prayer Points

Praise God for his limitless power. Give thanks that God is willing to strengthen you with power through the Spirit within you. Confess any time that you have been weak because you did not avail yourself of his strength. Commit yourself to serving in the strength of the Lord. Ask that out of his glorious riches God will strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being (Eph. 3:16).

Pray for your church’s teachers and counselors that they may communicate Bible truths clearly, live holy lives before God, and be Christ-like examples to those they lead.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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