Day 4: What Do You Need To Surrender Today?

Not My Will

Read Mark 14:32-42

And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

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What do you need to surrender today?

About cashclan

Lisa is a grateful, born-again follower of Jesus Christ who has spent her adult life on the Gospel in several global contexts. She is the wife of one wonderful, jungle-gym of a man, who is to her the single most ravishing piece of flesh on planet earth (stolen good-heartedly from Christine Caine). She is a dedicated home educator to their four beautiful children, ages 6 to 12, whom she would be happy to gush over any time. She is an avid reader and a storyteller, an aspiring writer, a missionary to the nations and a singer of His praises, a loyal friend, an obsessive-compulsive Googler, and comedienne extraordinaire on her best days. She would also like to think that she is a loyal and loving, truth-telling friend.
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3 Responses to Day 4: What Do You Need To Surrender Today?

  1. cashclan says:

    Wow, there are several really interesting things in this passage. First of all, Jesus and his disciples were basically homeless; they were sleeping in a park. Both at the beginning of his life and at the end of his life, he had not a place to lay his head and rest. That is sad and beautiful all at the same time.

    He took aside his three best friends in the world and divulged to them that his sorrow and despair were so crushing that he felt as if he would die from their weight. He needed a minute alone with His Father, so he asked them to keep watch. But they couldn’t, not even for an hour. I’m not judging; I’m just realizing how completely alone and desperate Jesus must have felt in those darkest hours. He knew exactly what was coming and his very best friends simply did not have the physical stamina to share the burden with him.

    It’s also really interesting that the Scripture says that “Jesus said to Peter, ‘SIMON, Are you asleep? Could you not stay awake for even one hour? Watch and pray so that YOU may not fall into temptation. Indeed the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.'” How odd that he called Peter Simon in this moment. I wonder why He did that.

    And I’ve never realized before that he was actually addressing Peter when he said “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” I always attributed that to Jesus’ own state of anguished weakness, somehow gleaning that those words were part of his “Take this cup” prayer to the Father. But no, Jesus wasn’t worried about his own flesh. He was worried about Peter’s.

    And then finally, when Jesus knew that his betrayal was on its way, he told the disciples to rise and head TOWARD it, not away from it. Astounding.

    You know what I need to surrender today? 25 years’ worth of arrogant familiarity: “Oh, I’ve heard/read this story; I can mentally check out for a bit until they get to the new stuff.” NO!!! I’ve got things to learn. I need to wake up and pay attention to every single Word, for “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

  2. starrcliff says:

    I was struck by how the scripture points out that while the disciples were still awake, still with him, Jesus left them to be with his Father. “And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed.” I am thinking of the ferocity with which I would be clinging to my husband, children, dearest friends if I knew my death was coming. Jesus didn’t choose them in that moment, he went on to be with his Father. I surrender running first to my husband and friends with my joys, fears, sorrows instead of “going a little farther” when I need to just be with the Father.

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