Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:42

We see from scripture that Jesus had to pray fervently just before He was able to yield to the Father's will and submit to die at that point in time. Notice the language of His prayer in verse 39, 42 and 45 of the same chapter, how the strength of His own physical and personal will kept getting weaker, and the strength of the Father's will in Him kept getting stronger. 

This is why He was able to yield to the Father even in such a difficult situation as this; Due to the ministry of prayer. When we pray like this in the face of a difficult choice in which we wouldn’t have yielded to God‘s will easily, the strength of our personal will is gradually weakened, as the strength of God‘s will in us is increased. There are certain occasions in which, except by prayer and fasting it will be difficult

 if not impossible to yield to what the Holy Spirit wants from us. No matter how much we think we’ve loved Him before, to help our hearts remain yielded to Him, we need to maintain a fervent prayer life like this even with fasting. 

Because being yielded to the Holy Spirit is not just a function of just choosing to be yielded. We must be strengthened to be yielded. We cannot yield on our own. It takes God to "yield" us. We cannot be willing and able to obey on our own. Rather it is God, working in us, both to will and to do things that please Him. For the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, wherein we were not able to yield, yet as we pray, the strength of our will is broken, and we are empowered to submit to Him to the glory of God. Stay fervently in prayer. You are blessed. TCF


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