His earthly life, He offered prayers and appeals, with loud cries and tears, to
the One who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His
The life of Jesus provides the model for our prayer lives. God is seeking to
mold us into the image of His Son (Col. 1:27–28).
If we are to act like Christ, our prayer lives must be conformed to His. Many
Christians are unwilling to pay the price that Jesus paid when it comes to
interceding with God. Jesus' prayers came with vehement cries and tears and,
"because of His godly fear,” He was heard by the Father.
Why then, did the Father refuse His request? It was not due to any sin in
Jesus' life, nor was it because the Father did not love His Son. The Father said
no, despite the unfathomable love He had for His Son, because He knew He could
not spare His Son and save a world. Likewise, the Lord cannot always spare you
and your family and complete His redemptive work in those around you.
Are you willing for God to deny your pleadings? Will you intercede with the
Father so deeply and intimately that even in the midst of your tears you are
able to say, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done?” The Father will
always relate to you out of the context of His love for a lost world. Has God
said no to one of your requests recently? Accept His answer. Have you been
learning obedience through what you have been suffering (Heb. 5:8)? If you
have, God may choose to make you a source of salvation to others even as He did
with His Son.—Experiencing God Day by Day