Matthew 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
A genuine disciple of Jesus Christ follows His example and walks as closely to Him as possible. When praying, the disciple prays as Jesus would. But how did Jesus pray? What does our example to follow look like?
We all know the Lord’s Prayer, when Jesus taught the apostles how to pray, but when Jesus was alone His prayers looked different from those famous lines. When He prayed to the Father, His heartfelt desires were lifted up to heaven. But notice that He doesn’t stop at asking. Jesus, having been sent by the Father to do His perfect will, knew that the Father’s purpose was more important that His own desires. Can we pray like Jesus prayed?
In His greatest hour of pain, during betrayal, fear, and impending death, Jesus was able to put aside His own wishes for those of the Father. Did Jesus really desire for the pain and suffering of the cross to be taken out of the plan? Was He really praying that the very mission for which He had come to earth would be aborted? Or was He showing us how to pray in great times of sorrow? Was He modeling for us what it’s like to give up our own will in submission to the Father’s? This is what it looks like. This is our daily calling as disciples – to give up our own will in exchange for the perfect will of God.