We often talk about surrendering to God’s Plan. But what if we have some reservations about The Plan? Is it ok to ask God to change it?
In The Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed,
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me.”
Then He added,
“Yet, not as I will, but as You will.”
There may be many circumstances in our life that would tempt us to say, “Oh Lord, I want to serve You, but this plan is not working for me.”
We see life from our very narrow view. However, God sees everyone and everything in the larger picture of His overall Plan.
He is with us always, through every challenge we have. We have constant and direct access to Him. But He will not always change our circumstances.
Three believers in God were thrown into a blazing furnace. Daniel was put in the lion’s den. Moses was backed up by enemies on one hand and the Red Sea on the other.
They may not have chosen that way to be witnesses to The Lord’s Power, but they were, in fact, part of God’s Plan. And we remember their witness today.
After Jesus requested that the cup be removed from Him, He waited for a response from God.
Interestingly there is no recorded answer from God to Jesus’ Request. When God has already laid out the Plan, Silence may be interpreted as, “No change.”
Sometimes God is simply present with us, as we are still and know once again He is God. He loves us and The Plan still stands.
After a time of waiting, Jesus prayed some more. And then He said,
“If it is not possible for this cup be taken away unless I drink it, may Your Will be done.”
He fully submitted to The Will of His Father. He went to the cross. The Father’s Will was His Will.
What are you praying about right now?
Are you praying with the openness of Jesus to say, “Lord, if this is possible, will You do it? Yet, not as I will, but as You will.”
And if His Answer leads you onward to places you do not want to go, can you say, “If it is not possible to change this to the way I want it, then what I still want is Your Will. If all I have left is You, that’s all I want … You are all I need.”
He will answer.
“My Grace is sufficient for you. For My Power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
” My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”
“I AM with you always …”