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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Jesus prayed, "Abba, Father! You can do all things. Let me not have this cup {of suffering}. But do what you want, not what I want."
— Mark 14:36 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:36 NLT — Jesus prayed, "Abba, Father! You can do all things. Let me not have this cup {of suffering}. But do what you want, not what I want."

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 one heart-felt phrase from Jesus' lips: "I want your will, 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, not mine."

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, I want so much to mean the following words. "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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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.