“Your will be done.” Matthew 6:10
Where in the Gospels did Jesus pray “Your will be done”? The answer is in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Our Lord’s experience was unique because the Scriptures revealed the precise events that would take place in the life of the Messiah.
Imagine what it must have been like for our Lord to read Psalm 22: “All who see me mock me” (22:7), “They have pierced my hands and feet” (22:16), and then to read that the One who suffers all this will cry out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (22:1). Jesus knew, as He read these words, “This is what will happen to me.”
What must it have been like for Jesus to read Isaiah 53: “It was the will of the Lord to crush him” (53:10)? Or to read that “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (53:6)? Or to read that “He was pierced for our transgressions” (53:5)? Jesus knew, as He read these words, “This is the will of the Father for me.”
If you want to know how hard it can be to pray, “Your will be done,” take a look at Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as He stared into the abyss that lay before Him. Our Lord was given a terrible burden to carry, and there was a great battle in His soul to say, “Your will be done.”
Jesus fell on His face twice and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39, 42). What does it look like for God’s will to be done on earth? It means that you submit to the burden God has called you to carry.
None of us will ever be called to carry what the Savior carried. But God has given to each of us burdens that we must bear, things we would rather not have to face.
As you consider the burdens you carry today, pray, “Your will be done,” asking God to give you the strength to carry them.