Knowing God’s will and liking it are not the same!
There are times when to know the will does not mean to relish what it will cost us. We know this from Jesus’ teaching: it is no easy thing to love our enemies—yet that is God’s will! Jesus had a thorough knowledge of the will of God based on His relationship with the Father. Though Jesus always embraced God’s will and did it, even our Lord didn’t always want to do what God wanted in the realm of His physical and emotional existence.
Now we come to holy ground. This, of all texts, is the clearest case of the will of our Lord and the will of the Father coming into some kind of agonizing tension (and here it is clear that embracing God’s will is not automatic or easy all the time).
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
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.”
Holy Spirit, teach me to embrace God’s will, even when I don’t understand it completely. Give me a willing spirit to be an obedient servant, even when I know that to do so could cost more than I would humanly want to pay.
–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God that the Christian life includes periods of “complete” and unbridled joy (Jn. 15:11). Thank Jesus for being your joy-filled Savior (Lk.10:21). Confess any sin that stands in the way of your experiencing the fullness of joy which Jesus provides. Commit yourself today to rejoicing in the Lord, to being joyful in God your Savior (Hab. 3:18). Ask Jesus to make his joy in you complete.
Thank God that his kingdom is full of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17). Commit yourself to being a joyful citizen of that kingdom in all that you do.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend
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“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 26:8).
Lord, prepare our hearts to desire You. We wait for You, as we walk in Your ways. We will continually desire Your name as we celebrate the coming of the Christ Child.
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