“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.