Verse of the Day

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

~Luke 22:42

Today's Devotional Thought

March 22, 2013 by Rachel Piferi


Take This Cup

If you are anything like me, I am sure there are things in your life that you don't want to have to do. Parts of your journey that you just don't want to walk through. Maybe it is too hard. Maybe it is just too painful. Maybe it will cost you too much.

And you just don't want to.

We all have those areas of our life. We often commit them to prayer and ask the Lord to take them from us. We beg him to relieve us of the pain or hardship or season that he is asking us to endure.

Because we just don't want to.

Days of prayer may turn into weeks and then into years and he just doesn't seem to be lifting that burden. And we beg him, please Lord take this from me.

But he doesn't.

I was recently studying Jesus' final days before his crucifixion. I read about and studied the significance of the Passover meal that he shared with his disciples. I contemplated John's recollection of Jesus washing the disciple's feet in such beautiful symbolism of his servanthood. And then I reflected on Jesus' angst-filled plea in the garden that his Father would take the task before him away.

If there could be any other way to fulfill the purpose of saving your children, Lord please do it that way.

But if not, then I submit to your plan. And I will walk this path in obedience to you and fulfillment of your purposes for my life.

Beloved friends, do you have a task or an assignment before you that you really would like the Lord to take from you? Is there a purpose that the Lord wants to fulfill with your life that you are begging him to take away?

Because you just don't want to?

As I reflect on Jesus' plea to his Father, I see the angst of walking down the path that God has for him coupled with an earnest submission to this perfect plan. And I see so clearly Jesus' acceptance that his life was purposed with this very task in mind.

Are you begging the Lord to take your cup from you? Is there something that he is asking you to endure that you are asking him to remove? Have you coupled your angst with a genuine desire to submit to this path that the Lord has purposed for you?

Much like Jesus' life was purposed for the very moment that he would lay it down for us, our lives have divine purpose. There is purpose in our pain, in our sufferings, and in our trials. And asking God to lift us off this planned path could mean he lifts us right out of our purpose.

Today, I pray that you can see the path that the Lord has you on as heading towards a specific purpose in your life for the kingdom of God. May you see how God wants to uniquely grow you and use you on this path. And may we sweetly submit to his plan, knowing that the entire purpose of our life is to serve his purposes on this earth.

Have a great Friday friends and a worshipful weekend!

Memorize this verse today:

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."
~Luke 22:42

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