Prayer is an experience. It’s a conversation. It’s a heartfelt movement of the spirit when God is drawing us closer to Himself. Some prayers are prayers that expressions of the heart that flow from our mouths. Other prayers are prayers that have been passed from generation to generation, that have been played by our parents and grandparents. Some of these prayers are even prayers that have been passed down to us by Jesus Himself. Other prayers are simply said in silence, with no words expressed.
No matter the prayer, no matter the place, no matter the movement, these prayers are precious.
And sometimes it feels like our prayers are bouncing off the floor of heaven, not ascending to God. We’ve all been there. And I think Jesus Himself even knows what that feels like. Listen to what happened today in Mark 14:33-36:
33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated. 34 And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.” 35 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”
Jesus, before He goes to the cross, goes to the Garden to pray. And He knows what is coming. He knows it’s going to be hard, and He knows it’s going to be necessary. And He goes to pray.
And He says, take this from me. But not what I want. What you want.
And I think in this prayer, we learn a HUGE prayer concept. Prayer is not just us telling God what we want Him to do, or who we want Him to bless. Prayer is taking that attitude of Jesus.
Not my will, but yours.
Not my stuff, but yours.
Not my life, but yours.
That’s the key to a truly powerful prayer life. It’s not just about us giving our requests to God. But it is about us, receiving our directions from God.
In our prayer life, may we give to God our hurts, our loss, our fear, our worry, our doubts. But may we also take that attitude of Jesus.
Your will, God. Your plan, God. Your life, God.
May that be our attitude and our prayer today!
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