“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Mat 26:39, ESV2011).
Although Jesus was God he was also man. Although he came earth to do God’s will he also knew the great suffering and humiliation that he was going to face. Thus He prayed: “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me”
However, Jesus was humble and submissive in His prayer, thus He ended with “nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
That I call submissive prayer. This is exactly the opposite of stubborn prayer where one stubbornly asks God what he wants and never even thinks about God’s will.
Essentially, submissive prayer is God centred, while stubborn prayer is self-centred. Submissive prayer sees God as the King of universe to whom we must submit. Stubborn prayer, sees God as a sugar daddy in the heavens whose job is to give us all we ask.
Submissive prayer thinks that it is about God and what God wants. Stubborn prayer is selfish and arrogant enough to think that it is all about me and what I want.
Paul’s testimony in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 is another good example of submissive prayer. Jesus and Paul did not rebel against God when their requests were not granted, but they simply submitted to Father’s decision.
Heavenly Father, please teach me to pray not stubbornly but submissively. May I be God-centred and not self-centred in my prayers Amen.