War of Wills

Scott Nichols

READ : Matthew 26:36-46

Within the confines of the Garden of Gethsemane there are eight olive trees which some botanists claim are over 3,000 years old! If this is true, it means that there is a piece of living history that has survived from Christ’s day down to our own. It is possible that these very trees were eyewitnesses to the greatest battle ever waged in prayer. Oh that these trees could speak of the agony of that hour! What a tale of grace and glory they could relate.

The night Jesus was betrayed, He took His disciples and retreated to Gethsemane and wrestled with His Father in prayer. Jesus, like any man, did not wish to die. He knew the torments that a waited Him upon the cross. But He submitted Himself to the Father’s plan. Our salvation was guaranteed in the seven simple words Jesus spoke: “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

How difficult it is for us sometimes to submit to the will of our heavenly Father. We think we know a better and easier way. How we must learn that God’s way is the best way! Are you wrestling with God today over some important matter? Think of Jesus beneath those 3,000- year-old olive trees and pray the prayer He prayed: “Your will be done.”

Discuss: What things do I find difficult to turn over to God?


Father, help me turn from my willful ways and accept Your plans for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.