March 9, 2015

The Station of Prayer (Jesus in Gethsemane)

Luke 22:39-46

In his book, The Fulfillment of All Desire, theologian Dr. Ralph Martin very succinctly states that “prayer is, at root, simply paying attention to God.” As Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, he clearly shows us what true prayer is and what it is not.

Prayer is not chanting some sing-song poem. Prayer is not spouting off a list of wishes. Prayer is not a magical healing potion. Prayer is not the secret weapon for success.

In complete agony, Jesus spoke frankly to his Father, asking him to remove this “cup” of anguish and torment before him, but then ultimately surrendered himself to the will of God by saying, “Not my will, but yours be done.”

Prayer allows us to align ourselves with God’s desires for our lives, not the other way around.