Daily Devotional 5-20-20

Pleasing Prayer III 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39

When I was very young in my faith, I did not like praying, “Father let your will be done for me.” I had things I wanted for myself. I had plans. I wanted God to sponsor my interests, so I could be “happy.” The concept of the will of God was outside the frame of my Christian thought. I don’t know about you, but I’m still growing in learning to accept and allowing His will for me. I am learning how to die to myself.

As far the flesh was concerned, Jesus was a dead man. He died to Himself in the garden of Gethsemane, before the cross. The crucifixion led to His physical death and climaxed the death of His will in order for the will of the Father to be done. He was God, but had to struggle with His flesh. And, if Jesus experienced tension between His will and that of His Father, then we also, from time to time, will experience this sort of tension.

If God decides to grant us the desires of our will every time, most of us would find ourselves in dire situations we could not handle. Most of the time, God saves us from ourselves. I am sure you have wonderful plans and behind them may be good intentions; however, we must always learn to pray that God’s will be done in all situations.

Praying God’s will is a submission to God. It is recognition that God’s provision is the best for our lives. It offers invitation to Jesus to be Lord in that particular issue being prayed about. And, it takes one who is dead to self to receive the best of God.

PRAYER: Lord, teach me to submit to your will. Amen.