DEVOTION: If you haven’t read yesterday’s entry yet, you need to. This will make a lot more sense if you do.
Yesterday we were talking about Jesus’ “unanswered prayer” in Gethsemane. C.S. Lewis’ quote on this was as follows:
“In Gethsemane, the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.” (pg 4)
So this sparked a great discussion in the comments of yesterday’s post. Check it out if you haven’t yet.
Margaret commented: “Jesus left off praying but saying, “Not my will but Yours be done.” His real prayer was for God’s Will to be done and I believe that was answered”.
Very, very true. The prayer was ended by saying not My will but Yours be done. In essence, Jesus’ prayer was indeed answered because the Father’s will was done. What a bold and brave prayer this was. A prayer of complete surrender and complete submission to the will of the Father. Astounding.
Then Suzanne quoted multiple verses but this one stood out to me:
1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
So this definitely puts to rest the argument that Jesus’ prayer was not answered, it was heard and answered…according to the Father’s will.
So this begs the question, and something that Margaret brought up in her post, if it’s not in God’s will, will He not answer the prayer? Will those prayers just bounce off of the doors of heaven not even being entertained?
The thought was bouncing around yesterday as well that if we are not quite ready for the prayer to be answered, it won’t be answered or will be answered with a “not yet”.
It’s an interested conversation and one that takes patience, understanding and complete submission and surrender to the will of the Father.
Remember how much we were talking about surrender during our study on the Holy Spirit. The surrender continues here. Seems like a common theme in our relationship with the Father.
PRAYER: Today, pray about surrender. Think about the unanswered prayers again today and have the honest conversation with yourself about whether or not you were actually ready to have the prayers answered.