40-Day Easter Challenge // Day 38

“Not My will, but Yours be done…” (Luke 22:42).

When Jesus prayed, He released all of His personal rights and embraced absolute surrender to His Father’s will. Believing prayer brings about the same results in your life. Don’t settle for anything less.

At first glance, prayer appears to be your way to give God some helpful advice, or a piece of your mind. Child-like prayer matures, growing from childish petulance, to the peace of mind provided from a total dependence upon God. Authentic, believing prayer releases your grip on your personal preferences and prejudices, and realigns you to the Father’s direction, protection, and correction for your life.

Jesus lived a life of private and public obedience to the will of His Father. Prayer kept His heart tender to His Father’s touch. Prayer was not His means to a quick fix of an immediate crisis. Prayer was a long walk of obedience with God. He prayed until He desired to do what His Father told Him to do, with the right heart attitude. You may be doing more and enjoying it less because your work for God is out of alignment with His will for you.

The way Jesus prayed in private could not be contained from public view. It spilled over into every area of His life until people could see the power of God upon His life. They may not have understood the connection, but they could see the results:

  • Mary observed God’s powerful hand upon Jesus, from the very beginning: “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5).
  • The humble centurion sensed Jesus was guided under God’s hand: “I also am a man under authority” (Matthew 8:9).
  • Peter obeyed when He sensed Jesus spoke with a voice of authority:But I will do as You say … ” (Luke 5:5).
  • The disciples had never heard anyone pray like Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1

Answered prayer is effective prayer, and Jesus set the standard for it. His power and authority for a life of public ministry was fueled by His private prayer life. Jesus never let prayer deteriorate into pious posturing before God. He was honest to God in prayer, making His wishes known. He was also humble before God in prayer, yielding to His Father’s will. Humble prayer trusts that the Father knows best.

Easter Challenge: Just two more days before Easter. Take a close look at your daily activities – are they out of alignment with God’s will for you? Realign your will with the Father’s will and prepare to pray with His will in mind.

Prayer for the Day: Father, not my will, but Your will be done. May Thy kingdom come, and my kingdom go. Draw my ONE to you in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

A man is what he is on his knees before God, and nothing more. Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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