PRAYER: Let your prayer today be, ‘Not my will, but Your will be done”.
DEVOTION: “Let us look at another example of dying to self taken from Jesus’ life. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced His suffering from two different standpoints. His human nature instantly cried out, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me (Matt. 26:39). The next moment, he was saying, with His divine nature, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (v. 39). He also said, But for this purpose I came to this hour” (John 12:27). His human nature had not more choices left. He was off to face the cross. When God the Holy Spirit brings us to see these truths, we will deny ourselves for the sake of the Cross. We will deny ourselves of anything that would cause our brother to stumble. We will die to all fleshly indulgence, lest we should miss the great swallowing up of life. (2 Cor. 5:4) We will not even pay attention to anything along natural lines.”
Not quite sure what to say after a paragraph like that. Jesus once again sets the example for us. I find it absolutely incredible that the God of the Universe falls victim to earthly temptations and then reverses that position to follow His destiny to the cross. Absolutely incredible.
Read that paragraph again and dig into those verses. The CRUCIAL point of this account was Jesus saying, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
Read that again. The wording, using the word nevertheless, meaning…notwithstanding, in spite of, all the same…so it’s almost as Jesus is saying…maybe…that even though I don’t want to do this…I will. Because, Father, this is Your will, not mine.
The conversation and the thought is…breathtaking.
God, today, nevertheless, let Your will be done.