“Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, ‘My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?'” Matthew 26:39
If you’re a parent (or have ever dealt with small children) you know they can be extremely willful. It seems like the less “right” they are about a topic, the more vehemently they defend their position!
As the adult in the situation, we can look at those tiny, angry bodies and think, “Really? You think you know what’s best here? You’re three years old, for crying out loud!” But, try as we may, those little ones can be very hard to convince that their ideas may not be the best ones at the time.
You have to wonder if God feels the same way about us, when we’re trying to “force” our will on His. Does He look down from His throne on high, and think “Really? You have such a finite view of life. Do you really think that you know better than I do what you need?”
If Jesus understood the necessity of allowing His Father’s will to be done in His life, how much more do we need to let it be the driving force in ours? The fact of the matter is, He has an infinitely better grasp on our reality than we do!
Above all else, our prayer should be like His – not what I want, what do You want? It will save us a lot of trouble and heartache if we learn to listen to Him and not to ourselves when making our plans. He has a path laid out for us, and it’s up to each of us to seek to walk in it.