Mark 14:36 (New International Version)
36 ‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’
Here in the Garden of Gethsemane are three disciples. Here in the Garden Jesus prays three times. Here are the three things he prays.
First, foremost, he focusses on the Father. Prayer begins with the Father. And the Father is not distant, remote, but close, intimate: Abba, Papa, Daddy. And the Father’s power is comprehensive: ‘everything is possible for you’. Thus, prayer starts with acknowledging the character of God.
Second, the pray-er puts the petition. The request is stated simply: ‘Take this cup from me’. The cup of the future, of suffering, of death. Prayer is there for matters big and small, for matters of life, and of death. God’s power extends to everything.
Third, wills align. ‘Yet not what I will, but what you will’. This is the essence of prayer – the alignment of our will and the will of God. Does our wish influence the ways and working of God? Or through prayer does the mind of God become clearer to us and our compass point closer to his direction? Pray today to find out!