Thy Will be Done
One time, while praying, I asked the Lord to teach me about
what happened to Jesus while He was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
I was aware that the Jesus which we see in the garden was
unlike the accounts that we have of Jesus walking out His
As the Holy Spirit overshadowed me, and began to teach me,
I was devastated by what I saw. It changed me.
In no other place in Scripture we do we see Jesus crying
out for help from man. He begged Peter, James, and John, to
pray for Him. He tried to wake them up more than once, but
any support they may have offered would have been but frail
In the garden, Jesus was shook to the very core of His being,
to a state of desperation. He was born on this earth as a
three part being, just like us – spirit, soul, and body.
All through His ministry, He walked fully surrendered to His
Father. His spirit totally led Him and He was in agreement
with the will of His Father.
In the Garden, we see this order of Spirit over soul and
body, begin to flip flop. The “soul” houses the
mind, which tells us what it thinks. The “will”
tells us what it wants, and the “emotions” tells
us what it feels. As Jesus faced the horror of separation
from His Father, His soul began to rise up and recoil, and
the challenge between soul and spirit became more and more
In His mind, Jesus began to bargain, “Is there any
other way?” For the first time, we see His “will”
or what He wants, as being different from that of His Father.
Emotionally, Jesus is being pushed to the very edge, “My
soul is sorrowful to the point of death.” The burden
was so great that drops of blood began to seep through His
pores, and Jesus said, “please, let this cup pass from
What appeared to be the breaking point, all of a sudden,
became the point of victory. Jesus spoke the words that changed
the course of history. “Not My will, but Your will be
What a lesson this is for us to learn. When we feel that
we are at the end of ourselves, it is really the beginning.
As we surrender, it becomes the “place” where
God Himself takes us, and whisks us up into a higher dimension
- above the clamor and destruction of the circumstances we
Now, we again see the Jesus that we saw walking through His
earthly ministry – only made even stronger. “Not
My will, but Yours” was the place where the victory
was won, and Satan forever lost. From this point on, Jesus
is so saturated with the power of God that the soldiers who
came to arrest Him fell backwards to the earth at the words,
“I am (is) He.”
When in the place of pressure, may we always yield and say,
“Not my will, but Thy will be done.”