11.18.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 4. Ready?

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.

5 Comments

  1. Peggy F on November 18, 2020 at 12:14 am

    So often, prayer, is just sitting in His Presence, just letting Him have His way in us. Worship, music, songs……….., turning our hearts to the One who loves us most…………….., prayer.

  2. Suzanne on November 18, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Does God hear our prayers if not asked according to his will? This is where the sprit intercedes for us with his groanings …now we are praying for God’s will while praying in God’s will. We know he hears us, we know he answers…how and when he is answers is still up to him though.

    • Suzanne on November 18, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Even before baptism we can prayer in God’s will.

      “Our Father in heaven,
      hallowed be your name.[a]
      10 Your kingdom come,
      your will be done,[b]
      on earth as it is in heaven.

      Jesus is pointing out our intimate relationship with our father, our creator, the one who loves us.
      Jesus is also pointing out the reverence that God is God, his name is set apart. Then Jesus acknowledges that God’s will be done.

      11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
      12 and forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.
      13 And lead us not into temptation,
      but deliver us from evil.[d]

      then we address our needs, our daily bread. Whatever our needs are, financial, health … we go to our source.

      We surrender to God and extend grace and mercy to others. We confess our own transgressions and our struggles with people. We acknowledge that there are spiritual battles , we ask for guidance, to make our path straight to not fall into the trappings of sin.

      It is a good model, a good outline to follow to keep us in God’s will.

  3. Barbara S on November 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Hhhmmm even before I finished the comments about surrender I was thinking that it is a common theme…and it is…and one that I seem to be popping up regularly….sure is not easy and yet it is so simple!

  4. Carol B on November 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Also think that if Jesus had to go and pray how much more do I need to pray.

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