A Model Prayer

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” (Mark 14:36)

Many people refer to the Disciple’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13) as “The Lord’s Prayer.” However, the verse quoted above should be called “The Lord’s Prayer.” The Disciple’s Prayer was given with this instruction: “When you pray, you pray after this manner.” Jesus never prayed that prayer.  For example, He would not have asked God to forgive His debts or trespasses.

But Jesus did pray the prayer quoted above and that prayer is a model prayer for every believer.  God will often call us to do things that are difficult or even impossible.  He will call us to do things we do not want to do.  When that happens we should remember and then pray this model prayer our Lord has given us.

One of the Four Spiritual Secrets that form a grid through which I view my faith journey is based on this prayer of Jesus.  That spiritual secret is “I don’t want to, but He wants to.” The ignition that makes it possible to implement the answer to this prayer is “I’m in Him and He is in me.”

If you are facing a crisis today that involves doing His will, and not your own, I strongly encourage you to pray what someone has labeled “The Prayer that Never Fails.” Realizing and believing that God can do anything He wills to do, you have the right and a responsibility to ask Him to take this cup from you but then you must finish the prayer by surrendering to the prayer that never fails.  Pray that the important thing is not what you want, but what He wants.

One Response to A Model Prayer

  1. Scott Dreyer says:

    Pastor Woodward,
    While looking for some sermon helps for an upcoming message (in Mandarin!), I was blessed to find your blog! I praise God for your faithful life and ministry. The three years I sat under your teaching while a student at W&M had a profound impact on my life journey then and in the decades since. More power to you!

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