Read: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42 (NIV)
Reflect: I’ve prayed to God most often about my relationships, health, finances, or dreams. Praying for all of these things is not bad. But it is the way I have prayed—my motives—that have gotten in the way of the connection between me and God.
When I have felt hurt, fearful or wanted to remain in control of any particular situation, I have found myself making suggestions to God in my prayers, telling him what to do. I have prayed as if God didn’t know me, any of my needs, or the desires of my heart, rather than trusting him completely and releasing my will to him.
Over the years, my relationship with God has continued to grow, and so has my trust in him. Yet I still have days when I have to remind myself that when I trust God, I am acknowledging his sovereignty over every aspect of my life. When I surrender my plans, I am able to recognize and rest assured that even in trials and tribulations, God works all things together for good (Romans 8:28).
I no longer have to understand the why, what, or how of every situation. All I have to do is trust God, surrender to him, and remember that he loves me and he is good.
React: Are there areas of your life where you are holding on to control? Spend some time asking God to help you be willing to let go of your need to change other people or circumstances. Begin the process of trusting God more and surrender your will to him.
Pray: Heavenly Father, help us remember that you are God and we are not. Help us trust you with every aspect of our lives. Thank you for loving us, going before us, and making everything work for our good.