Date: Thursday, April 17
Verse: He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.” (Mark 14:36).
We have often heard it said that the key to a good relationship is communication. Through that constant contact, we grow to know and trust one another well. In our closest relationships — husband/wife, parent/child, best friends, etc. — we need to keep in touch often, sharing what is on our hearts and minds. Most often those conversations will be simple, just reporting on our day. But when the time comes for deeper conversations, having had all those other talks will help those tougher ones flow much more easily. The same is true in our life of prayer.
After sharing the Passover meal with his disciples, and instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus goes to a quiet place to pray, knowing what is about to happen. The opening word of Jesus’ prayer, abba, was a term of familiarity in Aramaic. It reflects the love of a good parent/child relationship. After acknowledging God’s power, Jesus prays for a different outcome. Then he prays these incredible words, “yet, not what I want, but what you want.” Jesus’ relationship to the father is so good, he literally puts his life in the hands of his heavenly father. This kind of love and trust in God, does not happen without all of the other prayers Jesus had prayed throughout his life. He has built this relationship with God which is sustaining him even in the most difficult of times.
Many of us long for this type of faith, to be able to truly give it all over to God, and trust his will to do what is best for us. We get one step closer whenever we pray, even the simplest of prayers, and continue to build our relationship with our heavenly abba.
Prayer: Teach me, Lord Jesus, to pray like you. Amen.
Action: Check in with God today, as you would with someone very close to you. Vow to do this every day for the rest of the month. And join us for worship tonight at 7pm at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church.
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