And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36 (NKJV)
Of all the PETITIONS found in the Bible, I can’t think of any more passionate than the words of Jesus as He headed to the cross. He knew the suffering and pain before Him, and how all God’s wrath for the sins of the world He must bear. If there was another way to redeem us, He prayed God would do the other way. But there wasn’t. Only the sacrifice of the Perfect Lamb of God would take away the sins of all the world. So instead of taking the cup from Jesus, God took away all our sins.
Yet Jesus’ passionate plea remains with us today, “Take this cup away from me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” And we can pray this prayer anytime we are overwhelmed with life’s circumstances. We can PETITION God and ask Him to do the impossible, for all things are possible through Him. Yet, like Jesus, we must be ready to submit to God’s will.
Oh, Jesus, here we are having TEA together, and I don’t like my CUPP! Sometimes I just want to throw down my CUPP and get up and stomp away. I don’t like losing babies. I don’t like having a struggling camping ministry. I don’t like this!!! Take this cupp from me, but not my will, but Yours! Oh, Jesus, You understand, help me. I think of others in the world who are drinking TEA more bitter than mine, and I am sorry for complaining. Help me submit to God’s will as You do. Everything is possible for You, Father. Do Your miracles!
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)