During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Recently a friend told me of the anxiety her mom was experiencing when she was told she did not have long to live. However, after a few days she heard a family member singing the chorus “I’ll say yes, Lord, yes to Your will.” The daughter said that immediately her mom’s anxiety gave way to peace and that she even “checked herself into hospice.”
Our verse today demonstrates that Jesus lived a fully human life that included “fervent cries and tears.” Because of his humanity we have the assurance of a great High Priest who can identify with our “weaknesses” (Heb. 4:15).
While comforted in knowing Jesus understands, we find him to be an example for us too. His agonizing prayers were in submission to the “one who could save him from death” (5:7). To say yes in reverent submission to God does not mean our way will be easy. In fact, it might be harder. However, our confidence is that we will be “heard,” as Jesus was.
Lord, may your Holy Spirit so fill me that your will, not mine, will be done in me.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Geoff Kunselman, District Superintendent, Northwestern Ohio