The Prayer of Selflessness

Or, no matter what, alligning your will with the Will of God. It wasn’t easy for Jesus. His human side rebelled against what He knew He had to do for us. He knew He would be beaten to the point of being unrecognizable. He knew He would be tortured without mercy. He knew He would be nailed to a tree. He knew He would die a death of great pain and suffering. He knew that this was the reason He came to be born, but His Human Nature rebelled against what He had to do.

After He and His Apostles, His friends, ate their last meal together, Jesus took them with Him to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. The Apostles, after their large and filling meal, fell asleep instead of praying with the Master.

Jesus began His Prayer by saying:

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.
Matthew 26:39

Even though Jesus knew what He had to do for us, He was still hoping that the Will of His Father would be in allingment with His. Who could blame Our Lord and Our God? He would suffer so much for our salvation. He prayed, but when He came back, the Apostles were sound asleep. He woke them up and asked them to pray for Him and for themselves. He left to go back and pray.

Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Matthew 26:42

Jesus was beginning to accept. His Father was silent. How many times is God silent when we ask for something? He was silent when Jesus asked, but Jesus knew, and He began to accept what He had to do because it was His Father’s Will. When He returned to His friends, Jesus found that they were still sleeping. This time, Jesus did not wake them up.

So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again
Matthew 26:44
Jesus knew the Will of His Father. He had been sent to earth for the purpose of defeating death and giving us the opportunity for eternal life. He knew He would be an oblation of great suffering, but He accepted His Father’s Will. He conformed His Will to the Will of the Father accepting the suffering with love. Jesus gave of Himself freely.
His Father was silent, but Father, Creator, was with Him through it all.

In our times of sorrow and suffering, during our walks through the valleys, even though we would rather not suffer, our prayer of selflessness should be the same as Our Father and Lord, Jesus,

Jesus, my Lord, Not my will, but Your Will be done.
Amen.

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