“Not my will, but yours”. Words that were spoken by the greatest prayer warrior. Words that He instructed us to pray too. Words that changed the world forever. At Easter, Jesus showed us the most important step in becoming a prayer warrior when he prayed the words “not my will, but yours”.
Part 3 of becoming a prayer warrior is about knowing that God is able. And that knowledge changes us…dramatically. Jesus knew that God was able and it empowered him to pray the words “not my will, but yours”. Jesus was staring death in the face, yet because He knew God had the power to overcome sin and death, He put His own cares aside and followed God’s will. That act of sacrifice and trust opened heaven to you and me, that we may be restored into relationship with our Heavenly Father.
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.”
Jesus calls us to follow in his foot-steps. He calls us to become prayer warriors who put the will of God ahead of our own immediate desires and ambitions. He instructed us to pray the words “your kingdom come, your will be done” before bringing our own cares to God in prayer. This might sound like a difficult call to follow. But as we grow in relationship with God and as we come to know Him more as our good father, we come to know that God is indeed able. That God is able to do so much more than we ever dreamed or imagined, simply with a willing heart that is open to the words “not my will, but yours”.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…
Knowing deep down that God is able does not lead us to self-serving prayers, but to prayers of self-sacrifice. This Easter let us become true prayer warriors. Let us follow Jesus example and shape our prayers with the words “not my will, but yours”.