Take This Away
How many times have we wanted God to take something from us? Me? Plenty of times. I am reminded today through my Scripture reading that, again, we will not go through anything that Jesus does not understand our feelings. Luke 22: 41-44, "He (Jesus) walked away, about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.' Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood."
Jesus faced a violent death that most will not have to endure. He was very stressed about it that is why He was sweating blood! That is a real condition and I have never been that stressed! Another thing that sticks out to me is that Jesus says, "if you are willing". Jill's prayers are more demanding than that usually. But He goes on to say, "I want your will to be done, not mine."
As humans we try to figure the path of least resistance, the least pain and the most joy. The Holy Spirit empowers us to move from deliver me, (not my will) to "Your will be done." He does not want us stuck in fear or anxiety. Whatever you may be going through - it is ok to ask for deliverance and then finish with these powerful words, "Not my will, but Yours be done.”