Matthew 26: 36 – 44
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.
Jesus had a cup he had to drink from. His cup was filled with shame, pain and eventual death. Despite the sorrows attached to Jesus’s cup, the end was glorious.
As children of God, we come across different cups we must drink from. These cups are not usually pleasant when drinking from them. But be rest assured as long as it is from God the end is glorious.
Though the gravity of this cup troubled Jesus He never placed His will above Gods will rather he surrendered His will to the will of God. Three times He went to pray, three times He declared “not my will, but your will be done”. One way to an effective prayer life is to surrender your will to that of God.
Dear child of God, no matter what you desire when you pray, always give room to the will of God.
God bless you