Meditation Monday – March 29, 2021

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

Luke 22:42

The image of Jesus struggling, dripping blood, and pleading with God in the Garden of Gethsemane is key to understanding His passion. It is so much more than a “I dont’ want to do this” and “get me out of here’ prayer uttered during a time of deep distress.  This moment in the garden is when Jesus teaches us through His actions that we can express our deep neediness, crippling fear, and raw vulnerability to our Father. The honesty Jesus demonstrates in His prayer of anguish results in His acceptance and desire to carry out His Father’s will. Jesus shows us that when we prayerfully seek God’s face in dark times just as Jesus did, the healing of our own inner woundedness is set in motion.

Prayer: ” Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes; all my own desires and hopes and accept thy will for my life. I give meyself, my life, my all utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.  Fill me and seal me with thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt, and  work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.” – Betty Scott Stam