"Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done."Luke 22:42(ISV)
In the final moments before being handed over to be crucified, the Lord Jesus was found earnestly praying to His Father about His forthcoming betrayal and crucifixion. Jesus had called His weary disciples to be earnest in prayer as well - so that they would not fall into temptation. And as the appointed time for the work of redemption drew ever closer, the Lord Jesus is found on His face beseeching the Father: "If you are willing, remove this cup from Me.. nevertheless," He submissively continues, "not My will, but Yours, be done."
The Father always hears the prayers of His only begotten Son, and had there been an alternative way to secure the redemption of mankind, God would surely have interjected... but on this occasion the heavens remained silent, for there was no other way.
There was no other good enough to pay the price for sin. Only the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, where the floodgates of God's wrath were to be poured out on His innocent Son, could satisfy the righteous requirement of a holy God.
Throughout His life, Christ had learned obedience by the things that He suffered, and so He was able to pray in spirit and truth: "Not My will, but Yours, be done."
May we be earnest in prayer so that we will not fall into temptation. May we learn obedience by the things that we go through in life so that we too may be enabled to pray in spirit and truth: "Father, not my will, but Yours, be done."
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may maintain a close and intimate fellowship with You, so that I may be ready and willing to pray, "Not my will, but Yours, be done." In Jesus' name, AMEN.