Scripture: Mark 14:32-37
“32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[f] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cupfrom me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Jesus, even as the son of the living God had to consecrate His own will to the will of the father…so I think that if he had to and struggled with it, more than likely we at times are going to struggle with submitting our will to the will of the Father. Jesus ultimately knew His purpose and what consecrating His will would do… He laid down His life because He knew the effect that it would have on eternity. So when the Lord asks us to do something, more than likely it will be hard on our soul, just like it was for Jesus… but let us keep our eyes on the big picture, on an eternal perspective and consecrate our will to the will of the Father and see the incredible testimony that will come from it. I also noticed that Jesus and the disciples went to garden of Gethsemane, but when they gathered there He continued walking and asked Peter, James and John who were closer to him than the others to continue walking with him. When Jesus stopped again, He asked them to stay pray and He went off alone to be with the Lord. Jesus had close relationships and asked them to pray while He went off so He could be alone with the Lord… but while Jesus was consecrating His will Peter, James and John fell asleep…they did not stay awake and pray as they were asked. Jesus needed them to hold Him up in prayer while He was going to make the hardest decision that He ever had to commit to… they failed him, but God still gave Jesus the strength to fulfill the assignment upon His life. I think this is important, because just as Jesus’ closest friends failed Him in his time of need, His heavenly father never left Him alone, never failed Him and gave Him all that He needed! I say that to say, we cannot be surprised when people fail us in our time of need… but when we trust God in the midst of hard decisions He will give us what we need; the strength, ability, capacity, peace ,grace and the joy to see it through!
Just as Jesus took time to be away from people and get on His face before His heavenly Father to consecrate His will, we are going to need to do the same! It is important to get away from all the distractions, the needs, the pulling of life, the stress and people to really hear from the Lord and receive from Him all that we need! Jesus called out to the Father and He answered Him. So as we call out to the Lord, when we whisper His name He will answer us and give us the direction, the strength and down power His grace, ability, strength, healing, restoration, peace and joy upon us!! We truly make time for what we want to make time for! Since Jesus thought it was necessary to be alone with the Lord, let us look to His example and spend quality one on one time with our heavenly Father and let Him fill our cup to over flowing so we are ready for the season ahead!!
Jesus, I am so grateful for your example of consecration…you have truly shown us what is looks like to say Yes to the perfect will of the Father and to receive from Him all that is needed to fulfill the task ahead! Lord I am aware that people will fail me when I need them, but father you are ever so faithful to never leave me and to down pour over me your grace that is sufficient in my time of need, your peace, your strength, your healing and restoration that only You can do! Father, I declare your kingdom come and your will be done in our lives. I consecrate my will and say not my will, but your will be done. I whisper your name, I call out to you and I thank you for answering me. God I ask that You would open the eyes of our heart to see the big picture and to have an eternal perspective for when you ask us to to do something that is not always going to be fun or easy your grace will empower us to do what we cannot do on our own! I receive from you all that I am in need of right now! In the mighty name of Jesus! So be it!! Amen!
I love you Lord, my God and my father!!