Day 34 - Matthew 26:39-42


Matthew 26:39-42

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

There is a kind of prayer that is the greatest prayer Jesus him- self ever prayed. If we were to ever pray it truly and continually; it is in a real sense the only prayer you and I would ever need.

For many centuries, those wisest among us about the spiritual life have insisted that this one line is the door that opens the heart to the presence of God. There is no greater expression of love than a freely submitted will.

When we choose to say, “Thy will be done” rather than “My will be done” we open our hearts to the presence of God. (GICTYT, p. 126-7)

How easy or challenging is it to say this prayer today: “Yet not my will but yours be done?” 

Prayer Time

2 Minutes - Silence and Listen for God's Response