LENTEN SPECIAL - COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN GETHSEMANE
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.” Proverbs 16:2
The next time you are submitting your life or a situation to God’s Will, be careful what you say!
God is listening very careful when we pray, and He can hear between the words. This is how God read between Jesus' prayer at Gethsemane. “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want Your will to be done, not Mine.” (Matthew 26:39 NLTCE). When we use the phrase "if it is possible", it is usually followed with a request of something we want. Jesus wanted to be prevented from humiliation and death. So The Father said nothing, did nothing.
Then Jesus went back a second time. We think He prayed the same thing, but actually it was vastly different. “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” (Matthew 26: 42 NLTCE). I may tell my boss, "If it is NOT possible for you to get the notes from SAIACS any other way but my going all the way to the College, then I will go and collect them." The boss will sense my reluctance to make the long trip to SAIACS, but note my willingness to do what He wants me to do because I regard and respect him
God wanted Jesus to be sure of the true desire in his heart, so He still did nothing, said nothing. So what did Jesus do? “...So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. (Matthew 26:42, 44)”
Which ‘same thing? I am convinced Jesus repeated His second prayer.
Heaven parted, and divine action was set in motion.
Be careful the next time you make a half-hearted submission of a prayer.
You are talking to the Creator and Master of Communication Skills!
by the NLTCE Network