39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
2 Samuel 4-7
Matthew 26:39 (NLT) — 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Matthew 26:39 (MSG) — 39 Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”
Thoughts of Devotion:
God’s will is what we should always desire. Most of us as believers yearn to do the perfect will of God in our lives. This is what Jesus Christ always modeled and lived during his earthly ministry. His whole life was devoted and consecrated to the will and purpose of God. In John 6:38 it says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” The will of Christ was firmly rooted in the will of God. For Jesus there was no other way or plan in his life, it was only to please his father, doing his perfect will!
By reading this portion of Scripture I wonder, was it easy for Jesus to fulfill the will of the Father? The answer is No! For Jesus to submit to the will of his Father, it would require Him to drink from the cup, drink the bitter suffering and death on the Cross. For this reason his prayer was fervent and passionate as Hebrews 5:7 tells u, ” who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear.” But despite how difficult and painful it meant to obey, Jesus never abandoned the Father!
What about us this morning? Are we willing to drink from the cup no matter how bitter? Sometimes we want everything that pleases us, and we forget that it is not our comfort or welfare, but to fulfill the perfect will of God in our lives! We need to give our will and demonstrate the obedience that Jesus had with the Father. In Philippians 2: 8 says, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Today it is important to seek to fulfill the perfect will of God, even if it does not please us. Let us remember that Jesus left us this great example for us to follow today. Blessings!
Matthew 20:22 Version (NKJV) — 22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
John 6:38 (NKJV) — 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
John 5:30 (NKJV) — 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Hebrews 5: (NKJV) — 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
John 14:31 (NKJV) — 31 But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
Philippians 2:8 (NKJV) — 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
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