Jesus Taught Us To Pray

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down , and prayed, Saying , Father, if thou be willing , remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Matthew 22:41-42 KJV)

Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven. He sensed the cross before Him. He was there to take upon Himself, the most disgusting filth imaginable. Your sins and my sins and the sins of the world were about to crucify Jesus the Christ. The innocent Lamb was preparing for slaughter; asking if it were possible to remove this cup from Him. He prayed that God’s will be done, not His: “…nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.”

Jesus taught us how to pray by example, facing more than we will face or could even imagine. He taught us to pray that God’s will, not ours, be done. Dare we do any less?


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11 thoughts on “Jesus Taught Us To Pray

  1. A very much needed reminder. Somehow you always manage to do that…. or He always manages to give you the exact words. The words I need to hear and be reminded of at any particular time. Thank you.


  2. We MUST respond in our lives to God ‘not my will but Thine be done’. In times of troubles and sorrow or facing major decisions it is at times a huge leap of faith. But where do we land each time we sincerely leap? In our Father’s arms of course.


  3. So true, LeRoy. So many people have been taught that a particular prayer – healing, for example – is always God’s will, and then when the healing doesn’t manifest the way they thought it should, their faith suffers. I was taught that it’s always God’s will that you be healed, but seeing people suffer and die has shown me that sometimes God’s agenda is so much bigger than ours, that perhaps there’s a purpose behind the pain that we’re not seeing because we’re so focused on the illness or ailment.

    I pray I’m never so presumptuous that I would try to dictate what God’s will is based on a generic teaching. I’d much rather pray “if it be Thy will” and trust that His will is good, regardless of the appearance of things in my limited eyesight.


  4. I lost my beloved husband in August; as the end came near I asked people not to pray for him to stay because it is up to God when He calls us home. I asked them only to pray that David would not suffer.


  5. I agree!. Praying is the one of our way to talk to God, yet it is the hardest thing for Christians to do


  6. Praying for God’s will, not ours … wow … powerful and humbling … but I wonder how many actually realize their selfish focus.


  7. I always have to check my attitudes and agendas behind my prayers. It is possible to pray for the right thing with the wrong motive behind it. Thanks for the reminder!


  8. Thank you, LeRoy, for this word.


  9. pattisj

    I remember long ago, before Trust, how hard it was to pray those words, “Thy Will Be Done.”


  10. Amen, Prayer is essential in our walk with God. It is all about being in communication and relationship with our heavenly father.
    Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!


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