He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.] When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” (Luke 22:39-46, NRSV)
Have you ever been told you shouldn’t question God?
Can we ask God why?
Can we ask God to change the plans?
Yes! It is ok to question God, to ask for something different.
That is what happened here in this reading. Jesus went into the garden and asked God to remove the cup from Him if it was possible. Jesus was headed to the cross and He knew it. And He wanted to make sure this was the only way.
God is open to our suggestion. In chapter 18 of Genesis we see Abraham pleading with God over Sodom and Gomorrah. And God gives in, to a point. And Jesus says, “Remove this cup from me, if you are willing, but not my will but yours be done.” And that is the key. We can ask God for anything, but they only way is God’s will.
Is what you are asking God’s will? Can we be like Jesus in the garden and make our request, but follow through on what the will of God is?