Luke 22:42 - How To Live The Will Of God.

Luke 22:42 - How To Live The Will Of God.

Luke 22:42 (TNIV) "Father, if you are willing, take this cup 
from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 

Luke 22:42 (NLT) "Father, if you are willing, please take this 
cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not 

CONTEXT: Jesus Prays On The Mount Of Olives: Luke 22:39-46.


  In a mystery that we will never fully understand, Jesus, the 
eternal Son of God, became fully human without losing any of his 
divinity. He had to be fully human and fully divine in order to pay the 
penalty for our sins (Hebrews 2:14, October 31). 
  As a human being, Jesus went through pain beyond our imagining 
when he willingly went to the cross on our behalf. Even before his 
arrest, his pain was intense: "He was in such agony of spirit that his 
sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood" (Luke 22:44). His 
trial and death would fulfill what the prophet had written, "He was 
pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we 
could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.... The LORD laid 
on him the sins of us all" (Isaiah 53:5-6, September 27). Without 
his death, there would be no salvation for any of us. 
  Jesus' suffering also makes him able to understand the pain 
you will experience in life. When you cry out to God, when you yearn 
for relief, you can be assured that Jesus doesn't just hear you, he 
understands. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Luke 22:44] 

  When I was a little girl, one of my favorite pictures had 
belonged to my grandmother and hung in my parents' bedroom. It was of As 
Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, his sweat fell like drops of blood. Only 
Luke's Gospel recounts this. But Luke was a physician, so he understood 
the physical agony this represented and recorded it in the Gospel. 
Modern-day doctors describe this sweating-of-blood phenomenon as a physical 
reaction to extreme psychological stress. Jesus faced an agonizing choice 
that night. The suffering that he was to endure was not a result of 
his own wrongdoing, for he was without sin. He could have called ten 
thousand angels to whisk him away, yet he gave his life rather than give 
in to his own anguish. 
  Sometimes believers suffer even when they obey, for we share 
in Jesus' suffering as well as in his joy. Sometimes the work 
before us is difficult or painful, but there is a greater purpose 
behind our difficulties, and we have the opportunity to share in God's 
plan when we do his will in spite of how we feel. 
  Jesus, I sometimes must be reminded that we share in your 
suffering just as we share in your joy. The road you choose for me will 
not always be easy. Help me to remember that to love you is to obey 
you. Thank you for following your Father's wishes that night in 
Gethsemane. Help me to choose the Father's will in my life as well. [Praying 
Through The Bible By Fuller re Luke 22:42-44] 

  Jesus, kneeling in the garden of Gethsemane, with his face 
upturned to the Father. He was obviously suffering, but his face was so 
beautiful as he prayed to the Father and surrendered his will--a scene 
described in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. 
  When my father lay dying of cancer at age forty-eight, this 
picture gave him strength and hope. My mother complained at one point, 
"But the Bible says 'the godly will flourish like palm trees'!" 
(Psalm 92:12). My father pointed to Jesus and said, "There is the just 
  When I wonder why God has allowed something to happen, why 
suffering exists especially for those who are faithful and God fearing--why 
it seems good is not rewarded and evil is not punished, I think of 
my earthly father and of Jesus, struggling and yet following the 
will of the Father. Those scenes have played over and over in my 
mind, challenging me to place my total trust in God and align my will 
with his. I know he will give me the strength to carry on, no matter 
what. And someday, I will rise to eternal life with him. 
  Jesus is the perfect example of the faith, hope, and love. 
[The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional] 

He did not pray in order to discover the Father's will or try to 
change it, but to be surrendered to it. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 


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