He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Every significant new season in Jesus’s life started with prayer. Jesus prepares for his coming crucifixion, with His heart in anguish for not just the physical pain He would soon suffer, but for the sin of the people (all of mankind, including your sins) He would pay the price for.
- Prayer inspires you to overcome temptation. Notice that Jesus just finished warning His disciples not to fall into temptation (v.40). Jesus never sinned, but He knew what it meant to be tempted. Getting alone with God daily is a vital part of having the strength to overcome temptation.
- Prayer surrenders you to God’s Will. His Will is that you would be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in every circumstance (1 Thes. 5:16-18).
In every new day, season, and circumstance, you face the temptation of choosing your own will over God’s Will. Where can you withdraw today in prayer? Think about your home, workplace, and other places you frequently spend your time. When you make it a priority to #PrayFirst daily, God’s Will determines your daily priorities.