Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane praying. He is about to be arrested and led off to be crucified. Knowing what is to come He is agonizing over it.
We don’t know exactly how long He spends in prayer but we do know that the breakthrough moment comes when Jesus prays…
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. ~ Luke 22:42
Jesus’ prayer is heralded as the supreme example of surrendering to the Fathers’ will; of giving ourselves to serve His purposes. But where did He learn that?
Jesus could have learned it from Holy Scripture (Old Testament) or from discussing kingdom issues with the rabbi’s like he did when he was 12. It’s also possible that He learned it from the Holy Spirit who came to dwell on Him after His baptism in the Jordan River.
Those are all viable options but I think Jesus learned it a little closer to home.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” ~ Luke 1:38
Without fully understanding all that would come with it, Mary responds to an angel’s announcement by surrendering herself to God’s purposes in her life. Given the difficult circumstances of raising the son of God it’s likely that Mary whispered that same prayer of surrender nearly every day.
The prayer that Mary prayed when Jesus’ life began is the prayer that her Son prays when His life is about to end!
It’s still a dangerous prayer to offer God, but the only way to be fully embraced in His bigger story!
Do you have the faith to pray this prayer and trust God with where it will lead?