In one of His most vulnerable moments, Jesus pleads with God to remove from Him the excruciating weight of the cup He was born to bear. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Yet, as His divine purpose collided with the reality of its cost, Jesus begged God to remove the cup from Him.
I was reminded of this prayer when my best friend died of cancer. I had prayed fervently for God’s healing and asked several of my prayer warrior friends to join me in interceding for him. Ultimately, he did not recover, and I was heartbroken. When I called and told one of my prayer partners, she reminded me, “we submit to God’s will.” Her words catapulted me to the Garden of Gethsemane moment with Jesus and this reminded me that God was with me in my grief. I quickly prayed to God these words, “nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.”
Surrendering to God can sometimes feel like anguish. To surrender is to release our will, wants, and desires to an Almighty God. It means, we have to let go of our sense of what we think is right or wrong and submit to the will, way, and timing of God. We can do this because our God is faithful, trustworthy, and able. When we surrender, it allows God to do what only God can do, knowing that our “nevertheless,” opens up for God to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or imagine.
Let’s Pray: Father God, give us the strength and courage we need to surrender to your will in every aspect of our lives. Amen
-Minister Ruby Brown