The Key to Willing our Want

The Key to Willing our Want

Where do we turn when our “want to” doesn’t match “His will”? I am not going to beat around the bush because we have a full and forging scene to behold.

Matthew 26

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 He went away a second time and prayed, My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Not sure if you caught that but 3 times Jesus prayed that God would accomplish His will some other way than his sacrifice. Please don’t hear me minimize the heart, life, and sacrifice of Christ. But to some small degree, this might mimic  our “want to” not matching “his will”.

So what was going thru his mind and how did he resolve to follow the will of the Father despite his flesh wanting something else?

Sorry. I am not quite sure. I’d like to think I am a mind reader, but my husband tells me otherwise. 🙂

But let’s reflect on a key moment 23 chapters prior.

Jesus’ baptism.

Despite Jesus not needing to be baptized, in this act of obedience, the skies opened. The Holy Spirit took on a physical form and fell upon him. And God’s voice, not Morgan Freeman’s, spoke. Like audibly.

He said, “You are my son.”

“I love you.”

“With you I am well-pleased.”

I can’t speak for Jesus, but it is the faithful hand of God in my past that helps me trust him in my present. It is who he has affirmed me to be, that affords me the faith to follow his will and surrender my want.

So here is a little something I wrote to help me surrender my “want” to “his will”.

I am a child of God.

Loved. Chosen. Protected.

I am his warrior.

Strong. Equipped. Willing.

I am his ambassador.

Light. Salt. Sent.

I am his work in progress.

Forgiven. Restored. Purposed.

I am his pursued.

Ransomed. Purchased. His.

All his.

Only his.

So Father not as I will, but as you will.

Don’t miss that at the end of the account from Matthew 26. Jesus decided to rise. And we can to.

We can decide to rise to trust his heart. Rise to trust his intentions. Rise to trust his plans.

Rise to surrender our want to his will.

Rise! Let’s go! 

Father, help us to follow with abandon. Choosing courage over fear. Having faith to move mountains. Trusting your heart, your intentions, and your plans. We surrender our want to your will. And all God’s kids said, “Amen.”

Need a moment to surrender in worship? Click this link for a worship moment, Hidden by United Pursuit

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.