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.