Unhurryup!™ into Easter #37

Lean into God's love, centering your attention and focus toward Him.

Find a quiet, comfortable space.
Take three deep breaths - 
On inhale say, "Not my will"
On exhale say, "but yours be done." 

Evaluate honestly how you are as you come into His presence.

As you consider uniting your life tell God honestly how you feel 
about offering your heart fully to Him...
your fears, longings, what you hope for, what you're hesitant to believe.

Notice what stirs your soul as you interact with the following:
 Read the following out loud - pausing for a breath at the end of each comma or period.

32Then they went to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, Sit down here while I pray.
    33And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be struck with terror and amazement and deeply troubled and depressed.
    34And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sad (overwhelmed with grief) so that it almost kills Me! Remain here and keep awake and be watching.
    35And going a little farther, He fell on the ground and kept praying that if it were possible the [fatal] hour might pass from Him.
    36And He was saying, Abba, [which means] Father, everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will].
Mark 14: 32-36 (Amplified)
  •  What words capture your attention as you read this?
  • What emotions arise in you as you read this?
  • How do you want to respond? Is there resistance to enter the scene? Amazement? Sadness?

Where does Jesus learn to pray, "Not my will, but yours be done?" Surely we can play the "Well, he's God" card. It is easy to assume that it was an easy prayer for him because he's God. The description of this garden scene tell us otherwise.
"Struck with terror and amazement"
"Deeply troubled and depressed"
"Exceedingly sad (overwhelmed with grief)"
"Take away this cup...yet not what I will, but what You will"
But his prayer sounds suspiciously like someone else's - prayed over three decades earlier. When confronted with an opportunity to trust God in a radical, life re-orienting way, Jesus' own mother, Mary, prays, "May it be to me as you have said."

Did Jesus learn how to surrender by watching his mother's prayer life? Even in "The Lord's prayer" he teaches his disciples to say, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Personally, though I know Jesus is God, in his humanness, he had to learn to pray. I think he learned it from his mama. I think his ability to agonizingly surrender in a radical, life (and death) re-orienting way, was modeled for him. And thankfully, he caught it and incorporated it into his entire life and ministry! Moment by moment the little "surrenders" leading him to this big one.

Then take 3-5 minutes in paying attention to how your heart wants to respond to Jesus.

Trust Him to open your heart toward fully receiving and living into His love.

As you leave this space, think of someone who has modeled prayer or surrender to you. 
Write him/her a note of thanks for their example.

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