On the night that Jesus was betrayed, He went to the garden to be with the Father. He prayed these words, which are unlike any others recorded in scripture: “Father, if it be your will, take this cup from me…”. These words just drip with humanity.
They are brutally honest and filled with fear. The truth is, we often shy away from praying like this. Maybe it’s because we feel that God is so reverent and we are so human. Maybe we feel guilty asking for relief from our present sufferings, especially in light of the cross. But, remember that we are Christians, following in the footsteps of Jesus. Remember His prayer.
But notice how Jesus goes on and His mind seems to shift as He says, “…not my will but yours be done.” He has moved in one sentence from fear to trust. Prayer is for connecting with the Father (praise God for this sweet gift), but it is also for molding us to look more like Him. When we open ourselves up before God, when we get honest with Him and tell Him how we really feel, He does not turn His back on us. Rather, He delights that we would “cast our cares upon Him.” And that is when He begins to move in us, simultaneously lifting our burdens and changing our hearts.
Traditionally the church has set aside the Thursday before Easter to remember the things that happened on that night. At Cornerstone Church, we want to continue to join in that tradition. We are hosting a prayer vigil this Thursday night from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am at our Hamilton Road site. We encourage you to come and worship, to take communion, and to simply be with the Lord. Come and be real with Him, open and honest as we look toward the cross. Come let Him speak to you and move you to look even more like Him.
Jon Myles-Worship Leader, Lee-Scott site