Keep It Real In Prayer
‘He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” ‘
– Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)
Interestingly, the bible recorded that Jesus repeated the prayer again in verse 42… Then verse 44 reads…and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Jesus actually asked God to revisit the plan if possible. And he did so three times.
Faced with the reality of the price to be paid, he sensed the full weight of the demand in the gruesome road ahead; the physical abuses along the path, the verbal onslaughts from people he loved, bearing the stench and gory of Sin and going to Hell.
Of a truth, the path to fulfilling purpose is no child’s play, even Jesus asked for alternatives. It’s like like saying, ”God, Must I really do this? Can’t there be an easier way? Why not someone else?”
Have you ever felt like quitting on God’s plan before?
Have you asked God for an easier route instead of going the whole hog?
That is what is called keeping it real in prayer.
Jesus did too when hit by the pressure of the process to promotion.
But He didn’t go about grumbling, sulking, moaning or blaming people, after all, if Adam didn’t disobey, this may not have been necessary. Instead, He opened up to God about his fears, he didn’t hide it.
Beloved, don’t ‘form’ for God. Tell Him exactly how you feel, He understands and will help you through the difficult situation.
Maybe you feel like running away from where God has placed you, maybe the heat is becoming unbearable. Talk to Jesus about it.
Maybe like the disciples slept off on Jesus, people close to you really have no clue about how tough life is with you. Take time out and talk to God about it, He will strengthen you.
As you fight for life in pursuit of your purpose, be rest assured that God’s will shall be done. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails (Proverbs 19:21).
God is not offended by your request for an easy way out, only don’t do a Jonah… don’t run away. And even if you do, He will do everything possible to bring you back including using a ‘whale’ trap.
As the ’ember’ months approach, you may begin the pressure of unachieved goals, don’t panic, just pray that the will of God will be done.
Delay is not denial. The will and counsel of God for you and I is for peace, prosperity, justice, freedom, and righteousness.
The will of God will prevail over our lives in Jesus Name. Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask for help. I ask that you strengthen me through your Spirit in my inner man. I pray that every contrary wind of discouragements and disappointments cease from me. I declare that the will of God is established in my life. Peace, prosperity, progress, joy, and righteousness is my portion. I will not be put to shame. My life will bring glory and honor to God.
In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.