Your Will Be Done

“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it,   may Your will be done” (Matt. 26:42).

 Jesus practices what He preaches. He taught His disciples to pray, “Thy will be done,” just as we continue to pray. As Jesus prays beneath the trees in the olive grove called Gethsemane, He knows exactly what will happen in the next 24 hours. He knows that this is the night on which He will be betrayed. He knows that He will spend a sleepless night being passed around among the religious elites, Romans, and Herodians as they all try to reach some consensus about what should be done with this so-called “King of the Jews.” And Jesus certainly knows all the spiritual, physical, and emotional suffering that is just ahead of Him. No wonder He literally sweats blood as He prays in the garden! (Luke 22:44) Jesus is already suffering, and yet He prays, “May Your will be done.” Sometimes God’s will = suffering. Jesus is case in point. Sometimes we, too, walk though those valleys of suffering. Yet even when we lack the answers to all our questions of “What?” and “Why?”, when He suffered for us, Jesus also showed us how to approach suffering.

Lord, teach us to pray, “Thy will be done.” Amen.

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Lead Me

“Let Your Good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10b)

 Who do you follow? The advice of a trusted friend? President Trump on Twitter? Your local news team? A sibling or parent? Who is your leader? In our broken and backward way of being in America today, this is all about your politics. “You are who you vote for”, seems to be the way neighbors now relate to each other. The media share their truth, although always filtered in one direction or another. Friends and family, although generally on your side, can have a bad day now and then. Who do you follow?

As you know, there is no better leader than our Lord. As hard as it may be to actually do the good expected of us, and frequently though we may fall so short of the mark, the Lord’s guidance is always good and right. The leadership of the Holy Spirit always brings us back to Christ and His cross! For Christians, this is a well-worn path. From sin to repentance to forgiveness to restoration, all wrapped up in the love of Jesus! Christ be my leader!

Holy Spirit, lead me always back to Christ my Savior. Amen.