Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “Everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” – Mark 14:35-36
In the post “Inspiration to Aspiration”, Jesus was in distress because the time was near for Him to be arrested and go through the agonizing death on the cross. We should be inspired by His aspiration to fulfill His purpose. He prayed for God to spare him of this agony but understood and would continue to follow God’s will to victory even if it meant death on the cross.
The prayer of Jesus in verse 36 is complete as He expresses his hopes to be released from the agony He would go through but in prayer but accepts the fact that his own desires may not coincide with God’s will. If only more had this attitude of submission to God’s plan rather than their own desires.
When we aspire to follow God’s plan, we will pray like Jesus did. This will give us instructions for the tasks that need to be accomplished, the ability to keep going towards that purpose God has for us, the determination to overcome the difficulties, and the encouragement we will need to finish victoriously.
Today’s song Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher gives us the encouragement to keep going towards our personal victory. The song stirs in us the desire to receive God’s help in guiding our heart. To be set free, let us remember that holiness is Christ in you and me.