Read: Mark 14:32-41
And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (v. 36)
Jesus would have loved to bypass the cross. He knew it would be painful and lonely. Though he didn’t want to hang on that cross, he was willing to go to Calvary and die because it was God’s will. He asked if there was a different way. In Luke it says that he sweat drops of blood, pleading that he could forget the cross. No matter how hard he pleaded, he was willing to do what God wanted.
In Matthew 6:10, Jesus taught us to pray, “your will be done. . . .” If we really pray that, then we should be willing to accept his will in our lives. I am learning how to do this because of my disability. When I hear of someone being healed, I sometimes ask, “Why not me too, Lord?” Then I have to remember that it might not be God’s will to heal me now. Maybe he can use me better through my disability.
When Jesus said, “your will be done,” God turned it into something wonderful—the saving of our souls. When we say “your will be done,” God will turn it into something good as well. We might not see the good today or tomorrow, but “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). —Steven Laman
As you pray, ask God to help you accept his will in your life.
About the Author
Steven Laman is a writer and public speaker who has lived with cerebral palsy since his birth in 1970. Steven is a prolific devotional writer for Words of Hope, and the author of two other books: Strength in Weakness and My Grace Is Sufficient. He also volunteers as a teacher’s aide. He lives with his parents in Iowa.