NOT MINE, BUT YOURS
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Luke 22:42 (ESV)
There is a boldness in Christ’s words as He prayed on the Mount of Olives. A boldness that allowed Him to open Himself up and express His emotions. A boldness that allowed Him to bare the heaviness in His heart. A boldness that, despite this severe heaviness, exhibits complete and utter trust in His Father’s will. It is a boldness that only one with a deep relationship with God could pray. Being God the Son, Christ’s intimacy with His Father remains to be a relationship we can only aspire to have, but may it never deter us from coming to a deep understanding that the Holy Spirit is our guaranteed seal: thus, available to us is the mind of Christ.
In our own lives, it becomes easy to react negatively to hardships rather than to respond with faith in what God is doing in our lives. May we instead follow Christ’s example and go for the latter. May we grow in the knowledge of our Lord God so that we may realize how much we can trust Him in every detail of our uncertain years on earth. May this trust develop in us a boldness to pray with raw honesty to God about our burdens. May this trust develop in us a boldness to pray what Jesus did: “Not my will, but Yours.”