“Wait For Clarity”
March 9, 2019
“Jesus left and made his way to the Mount of Olives, as was his custom, and the disciples followed him. When he arrived, he said to them, ‘Pray that you won’t give in to temptation.’ He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. He said, ‘Father, if it’s your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done’… When he got up from praying, he went to his disciples. He found them asleep, overcome by grief” (Luke 22:39-41, 45).
During Jesus’ last night on earth, he prayed all night so that what he wanted would be in clear obedience to God’s will. Scripture says that Jesus was experiencing agonizing stress as he waited to be arrested, beaten, and crucified. While Jesus waited, with excruciating anxiety for even greater suffering, he prayed desperately for clarity. The intensity with which Jesus prayed reveals the intensity of his desperation for clarity. Jesus wanted his Father’s will, and nothing less. So Jesus prayed all night that the Father’s will would be in clear focus, and that Jesus’ own will would be in alignment.
Not only did Jesus wait for clarity, he invited his disciples to wait for the same clarity. Jesus knew that if his disciples prayed like he did, they would be focused on God’s will. Jesus’ disciples desperately wanted a different kind of King, an invincible military figure to bring them political independence from Rome. What they wanted was not what they saw happening in front of them. They were overcome with grief because they knew what was coming.
The disciples were so depressed at their King’s pending betrayal and perceived defeat that all they could do is sleep. When we are in places where what we see does not line up with what we believe and we need to hear from God, it is in those moments that we pray until we are clear. It’s in the waiting that we can catch a glimpse of God’s larger plan. What God had in mind for Jesus was so much bigger than a moment in political history.
Rather than accepting defeat, rather than accepting death, Jesus invites his followers to focus on him and to fix our will to God’s perfect will. God’s will in the face of fear is faith. God’s will in the face of despair is joy. God’s will in the face of death is his resurrection. God’s perfect will is made clear in Jesus, our victorious Savior King. And he invites us to focus on him, fix our wants and our will on him, and follow. To wait on the Lord for clarity, to seek him and to pursue him with patience waiting for Him to reveal Himself to us.
1. Pray that you can see the goodness of God with clarity, even in the midst of hardship
2. Pray the promises of God over your life, speaking purpose into your life and the life of those in your world
3. Pray that God would help to fix your eyes and your heart on him. That in patience you can see Him at work even when you don’t understand.