What Jesus Did! 'Your Will, Not Mine!' — Mark 14:36

Thursday, October 31, 2024

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"Abba, Father," [Jesus] cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
— Mark 14:36 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus recognizes two crucial realities: First, God can do anything he wants to do; he is God, the sovereign ruler of all things. Second, Jesus knows that his life must be governed by God's will and not his own. The whole of human salvation history hinges on Jesus' following through on one heart-felt phrase from his lips: "I want your will to be done, not mine." In a parallel way, our future is also determined by our following our Savior's example and saying, "Father, I want your will to be done, not mine."

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, thank you that Jesus was willing to submit his will to yours and to allow himself to be crucified for my sin. I want so much to mean the following words just as he did: "Not my will, but your will, dear Father, be done." In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 4:13-16
  • Romans 8:26-27
  • Romans 12:1-2


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Illustration of Mark 14:36 NLT — "Abba, Father," [Jesus] cried out, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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