Lent 2019 – Day 36

By on 10/04/2019

Not my Will but Yours

Wednesday 10th April

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)

I was recently feeling very burdened by a whole bunch of circumstances that really got on top of me and I spent a couple of very teary days feeling quite desperate and alone. I was worried and anxious and my mind was on overdrive with going over and over the situations and conversations. I felt exhausted but couldn’t sleep and could concentrate on nothing else.

I knew that I was helpless to change anything or any person in the situations and all I could do was pray. But they weren’t those neat little prayers that we sometimes pray! They were desperate prayers and tearful prayers involving crying out to God to be God in those painful circumstances.

I remembered that Jesus ‘offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from his death.’ Even Jesus had those desperate moments of crying out to God, His heavenly Father.

We are in good company when we offer up our prayers and petitions to God and especially the desperate prayers! The next part of the scripture says, ‘and he was heard because of his reverent submission.’

That is the part I am not so good at! Submission! Reverent Submission!

But I want God to hear my prayers and even Jesus, Son of God, had to show reverent submission for God to hear His prayers.

In Lent aren’t we offering up our prayers to God more fervently? Aren’t we trying to pray more and become more the people God wants us to be?

Today, I need to pray for reverent submission – In all my circumstances not my will but yours, Lord! Do you have something that you are fervently pray for? Are you offering it up in reverent submission like Jesus did before His father? There is no greater model for prayer!

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. I want to put you first in my life. I pray for your protection amidst all my circumstances and ask you to help me to learn to pray with reverent submission and say ‘not my will but yours, Lord.’ Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.


12 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 36

  1. Thank you Sandra. I need that reminder . Whole hearted surrender. I need to ask God not tell him. Thank you!

  2. A very feeling and timely piece of advice. Just had an experience of a friend in that place of suffering.
    Thankyou for your sharing.

  3. Thank you….I am fervently praying for a good outcome. Please help me do so in reverent submission.

  4. Thank you Sandra. A really great message and thanks for the personal admissions. We all fall short and need to know we are not alone. I too need to pray for a good outcome of some things in reverent submission and not get all twisted up with things I have little or no control over.

  5. I pray to the Lord to help my niece. Help her blood heal so she doesn’t have to have any more blood transfusions. Please help my son to keep the Holy Spirit in him Thea last two moths of school

  6. I am so blessed by sharing our Lenten journey with you guys. This prayer is especially meaningful to me. I am so thankful to our Father God for all the beautiful and gracious opportunities He gives us to come into His will! God Bless you all for sharing this with me!

  7. Sandra,

    I am dealing with, to me many crises, illness, rebellious, etc. with my family. I have decided to trun it over to God. Needless to say, I am learning how to leave it with Him and thank Him that His will be done in these situations. It is the submission, giving it to Him and walking away. I tend to go back a start all over with my requests. I am getting better. Knowing that if I keep going to Him with the same problems, I am saying that I do not trust Him and am without faith. I have to say sometimes, “Lord help me with my unbelief.” I am noticing that since I have been doing the 40-days of Lent. I am more reserve, spending more time just being quiet and reading. I guess I am one of those people that need 40 days every quarter to stop and reflect on Jesus more often. I can say I am honestly getting better at leaving my crises prayers with Him. I am beginning to see some changes in the things that I am asking Him to fix. Thank you for sharing the thoughts of your heart with us it is wonderful that we are all in different parts of the world, yet, we have the same feeling and desires that the others have. That is a beautiful thing. And God did it. Thank you!!

  8. ‘Your Will be done’ – in one way, such a scary proposition….what will be God’s Will? Will it entail suffering, sacrifice? But, in another way, it is such a simple and easy prayer….if we have the trust. And, sometimes we come to it not even through trust but through despair. I remember when our first child was born very sick and we were told he would either die or survive with severe disabilities. After hugging my husband, I found a quiet space in the neonatal intensive care unit, closed my eyes and said, ‘Your Will be done. But please give Tony and me the strength to deal with the pain and sacrifice if this is your Will so that we can still experience joy in our lives.’ I believe my prayer was heard.

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