40 Days of Joy - Pray for God's Will - Day 35

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Begin your time with God in prayer:

Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart: 

Earlier this week, we learned that one thing we can pray for believers is that they will be filled with a knowledge of God’s will (Colossians 1:9-12). The challenge for all of us is to be willing for pray for God’s will for our own lives. Jesus is a great example for us in this area. At the end of His earthly life, facing an awful death and then separation from His Father, He went with His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Mark 14:34-36 - And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” 35 And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. 36 And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.”

Describe what Jesus was feeling (vs. 34).

What was Jesus praying for (vs. 35)?

What did Jesus know that the Father could do (vs. 36)?

What was His ultimate act of surrender (vs. 36)?

Apply God’s Word to your life:

  • What is one area in which you are struggling with to want God’s will?

  • Talk to God about what you wish were possible.

  • Surrender. Tell God that you want His will, not Your will.


Jesus, thank you for showing us how to pray and how to yield ourselves to Your Father’s will. Forgive me for continually wanting my will and not Yours. Please work in my heart and renew my mind with Your Word so that one day I can truly say that I want Your will and not mine. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

Romans 12:1-2 - Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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