DEVOTION – DAY 102

Luke 22:41-42 “Submission To God”

 

Luke 22:41-42 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours be done.”

 

The above verses refer to the time when Jesus and his disciples were at the garden of Gethsemane. This was just before Jesus was arrested, tried and crucified. Jesus knew that His agony and suffering on the cross and the punishment for the sins of man awaited Him. He knew that He would soon be separated from God, the Father for the first time. Jesus must have wanted to turn away from what lies ahead. That was why Jesus prayed three times to God, the Father. He prayed so hard that his sweat was like drops pf blood falling to the ground (Luke 22:44). But the above verses tell us that although Jesus would very much want to avoid the agony and suffering on the cross, He was willing to submit and obey the commands of God, the Father. We find here an important lesson for all of us to learn.

There are times in our lives when we want to do something we know is against God’s commands. It could be as simple as wanting to give in to overeating and indulging ourselves in excess. It could be going to a buffet and seeing many dishes we like to eat. We know we should not overeat because it will affect our overall health. God also tells us gluttony is a sin. Yet, we want to give in to the temptation to fill our plates full of our favorite food. This is where we can learn from Jesus’ example that we must pray and submit to God’s Will for us. That means we ask God to give us the strength of exercising restraint and not eat to excess.

Or we are dating someone we are feeling close to. There is a strong physical attraction and an opportunity arises to be sexually intimate with that person. But the Bible is clear that sex is only for married couples with each other. Do we give into our physical urges when we are with this person? Do we fall into this temptation because there is an opportunity to be together alone with this person we are not married to? Again, we have the above verses to remind us that we are to follow Jesus’ example to pray and say, “Not my will but the will of God, the Father.” We ask for God’s strength to flee from temptation, to avoid being alone with the person we are sexually attracted to. Like Jesus who always submitted to God’s Will, we too must submit to what God says in the Bible.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, we admit that our flesh is weak. Temptations are many and we humbly ask for your help and strength to resist temptations to son, to turn from them and obey your perfect Will for us always. We ask this in the Lord Jesus name. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. How do you normally struggle with the temptations in your life? Discuss.
  2. What temptations and weaknesses are you facing this week?
  3. How has God helped you face temptations in the past?
  4. Jesus submitted to God’s Will for Him at the cross. What is God asking you to do and will you submit to His Will for you?