This morning as I reflected on Luke 22:39-46 during “Coffee with the Lord” I asked myself, “How important is doing the will of God to you, LeRoy?” I was challenged by what I know to be the subtle seduction of self-will over God’s will!
With my mouth I confess commitment to doing God’s will, but all too often when the pressure is on and “push comes to shove” I find myself, to my dismay, defaulting to self will. Jesus warned his disciples about this…
“He said to them, ‘Pray that you may not enter into temptation.’ And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.’ And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly… When he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.’” (from Luke 22:39-46 ESV)
Is there a solution to this dilemma? Jesus recommended and modeled prayer! A little later Peter became the case study for needing it (even more than sleep!). He vowed, he’d never deny the Lord. The subtle seduction of self-will won and he denied the Lord three times! “He went out and wept bitterly” … in regret and a sense of weakness and failure! (verse 62)
I want the will of God to be more important to me than anything else! But if I’m to do it I’ve got to be more much more aware of the subtle seduction of self-will… AND my need of prayer to resist its temptation! Oh, help me Lord!