Take this Cup from Me
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.Luke 22:42
These are the words of Jesus in the garden just a few hours before his flogging and crucifixion. His sweat was like drops of blood and he was face down on the ground in prayer. Can you imagine what Jesus was thinking and his emotions at this time, and what the Father was thinking and his emotions? Jesus and the Father went through the crucifixion that offered salvation to all mankind, taking the punishment for our sins.
The Father had no other way to redeem mankind other than to sacrifice his own Son, and the Father sent an angel to comfort Jesus. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). When Jesus realized that the Father sent the angel, he knew the Father would give him the strength to endure the cross.
Sometimes we may encounter a difficult command from the Lord, and respond “Take this cup from me.” If we pray and ask for the Lord’s strength, we can be confident the Lord will carry us through, filling us with his strength, courage, and love. Christians that are being martyred today are filled with the Lord’s strength and love.
We can be confident that whatever the Lord calls us to do we know he will guide us through with his strength and love. The Lord is always with us, and when we pray for his help and guidance we are blessed because he fills us with his strength, love, courage, and wisdom. He provides whatever we need to serve and glorify him. Praying for the Lord to fill us with love is critical because his perfect love casts out fear. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment (1 John 4:18).
Today seek the Lord in prayer in whatever you do. As his servants, he will help and give you whatever you need to serve and glorify him. Pray and depend on the Lord, and have faith that he answers in his divine way. Remember the Lord is with you always and seek him through prayer because he will help you and guide you through life. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
Let’s Pray: Lord let the Spirit guide me in prayer to seek your guidance, love, and strength. Increase my dependence on you so that I may have faith without doubt. Lord thank you for always being with me, and my prayer is that I am always with you. In Jesus name, Amen