Yesterday I had the great luxury of reading a book in bed with a cup of tea and the sun rising over the trees. It was a book about the vulnerable pastor and one of the passages was about the prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, it seemed an apt thing to share today and is taken from Mark 14.36. Mandy Smith writes
“Abba Father, everything is possible for you” What a way to start a prayer! It begins with a reminder of whom we’re addressing. We’re not filling out paperwork to submit to some faceless bureaucrat. This is our Father…
“Take this cup from me.” Here’s where Jesus presents his heart’s desire. He’s not afraid to be honest and admit he wants something. Five simple syllables never had so much significance. When we pray according to this model, what heartfelt yearning do we insert here? God already knows our heart, the way we long to see restoration in our congregations and communities. Se we might as well voice them. Even if doing so makes us feel the vulnerability of hope.
“Yet not what I will but what you will.” This final statement perfectly balances the prayer, making it a very brief but satisfying prayer to pray. We’ve acknowledged who God is and what he can do. We’ve been honest about our desires. And now we end by giving God the final word. We trust the outcome to a well-meaning, all-powerful being who has heard us.
Mandy Smith The Vulnerable Pastor Downers Grove: IVP, 2015, p119.