Many times we find ourselves in trials and circumstances that are beyond our control and not what we desire. How should we pray? I would suggest that our response should be like that of Jesus. In the garden, before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” – Luke 22:42
There is a built-in humility when we add “not my will, but yours.” Many Christians have unhealthy emphasis on “claiming” victory, blessing, healing and protection…as if we can force God’s hand for our benefit. We fail to recognize that often, God’s will for our lives is not removal FROM the storm, but comfort IN the storm. Psalm 23 reminds us that it is IN the valley of the shadow of death that we will fear no evil. Romans 5:3 says that “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” It’s under trial and sufferings where we are tested, our faith has a chance to grow, our grip on this life is loosened and we gain a longing for his return.
There is a beautiful song that reflects these ideas from Laura Story called “Blessings” Click Here to listen.
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