“Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).
There can be no doubt that Jesus has a degree of realization about what lies immediately ahead for Him as He speaks to His Father here—a realization that He is about to undergo an extremely bitter cup of suffering.
But, along with this realization, comes another one that makes Him realize how necessary His suffering is if redemption is to be made available to mankind; so, He qualifies His request by placing the entire matter into the hands of the Father.
Even though we will never be in exactly the same kind of circumstance Jesus is at this point in His life, we do sometimes find ourselves involved in situations that we do not understand and that we wish would just go away.
When these conditions occur, may we remember this priceless example Jesus left us. May we have the spiritual strength to manifest the same kind of attitude and just say, “not my will, but Yours, be done.”