Thy Will Be Done

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Matthew 26:39

In this verse, Jesus is praying to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane before the crucifixion.  It is important to notice that, although He asks the Father to “let this cup pass from me,”  He is ultimately submissive to the Father’s will: “nevertheless not as I will but as thou wilt.”  We can learn an important lesson in the area of submissiveness and following the will of God from this verse.  As always, Jesus is our perfect example.

Jesus knew what was coming.  He knew the agony that He would endure.  But, in the end, He was submissive to the will of the Father, just as we should be.

We all know what we want.  We usually want things that would add to our comfort in one way or another, or would help ease our discomfort in one way or another.  The Bible tells us “no man ever yet hated his own flesh.” (Ephesians 5:29)  We don’t naturally want to go through any trials or face any problems.  But we don’t always know what the Father wants.

Whatever it is that the Father wills, we need to be submissive to it.  We need to be always prepared to sacrifice our own will to the will of the Father.  We can’t see everything that the Father can see.  We don’t know what effect things will have, but the Father does know exactly what effect everything will have.  We should never put our will above that our Father.  Even Jesus Himself did not put His will over that of the Father.  With that kind of example, what kind of excuse do we have?

6 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks much,

    “With that kind of example, what kind of excuse do we have?”
    None? I think we have none… Even though I know I have none, there are days I still want it my way… *sigh*

    Lord, not my will, but Yours be done.



  2. This was the reminder I needed today! Just this week at church we got an answer to prayer, but it wasn’t the answer we were hoping for. Sometimes it’s hard when God says “no”, but it’s like you said, He sees the things we don’t. I also have a major personal decision to make soon, and it’s really easy to put my will ahead of God’s. I’m praying for much wisdom in this one, because I really want to do what HE wants, and I NEED His direction! Thanks for re-inforcing that today in your blog post.


    • Glad it helped. It’s always hard to get a “no” when you want a yes, but I’ve seen many times that the no I didn’t want turned out to be the best in the end. He can see it all.


  3. I do tend to want easy, Ben. sigh. A few years back, I asked God about something in my life that was/is HARD and UNCOMFORTABLE . .. and could there please be some kind of short cut through this? haha! Being the wonderful gracious good God He is, He gave me an object lesson to show me that no, there would not be any short cuts . . .it was going to take the long route. . .but He would be with me through it all. 🙂 God bless you, Ben, as you show us Who to follow today!


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