The Problem With Prayer

Something To Meditate On . . .  

(Maurice’s Note: “Something To Meditate On” is a weekly devotional written by our organic church friend Blanca Ayre of Hays Kansas, whose own “good deeds” story can be found on page 172 of our book, The Least Of These).  
“In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.”  – C.S. Lewis 
Right before Jesus was arrested, Jesus prayed, “Abba, Father, all things all possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36) Today, you and I know from the word of God that Jesus came to die for our sins and that he was going to drink the cup of judgment. I suppose if Jesus hadn’t drunk the cup, then God’s whole plan would have gone south. Do you realize the implications of that? I would not have been saved. You would not have been saved. But thank God! Jesus was obedient even unto death on a cross. (Phil. 2:8) This morning as I reflected on this, I thought about something my sister-n-law always says, “Whatever you want, Lord.” Or more precisely, “..nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” I wish I could tell you that I’m always that obedient, that surrendered, and that willing to do whatever the Lord wants, but I’ll be honest. I’m not. And yet, other times, I am! Sometimes my prayers sound more like this, “God, here is what I want (to happen). But I don’t want what I want. I want what you want. So if you don’t want what I want. Let’s do what you want instead. Okay?” That may sound simple, but I’ve come to realize that my mind doesn’t have to be so committed and so surrendered to do what God wants. I just have to have enough of my own mind to WANT God’s mind; and then to pray that way.
 
~Blanca Ayre 
Mt of Olives