The Prayer That Conquers
Conquering prayer - I guess you could say that this describes many kinds of prayers. We pray that the wars on earth will cease, and that God will be the victor, showing favor over his people. We pray that our spiritual battles won't be fought without the armor of God. We pray for miracles and mercy, for protection and provision - All great things to bring to our prayer closet. After all, the Lord has told us to ask. So, we ask. But what is the prayer that moves all of heaven and causes the hosts of hell to tremble?
In my mind it is Luke 22:42.
"Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done."
The cup is symbolic of bitter, all-consuming suffering and Jesus did just what you and I would do. He asked the Father to take it from him. In His request there is a plea for favor, protection and provision, which comes from the understanding that to carry out the work of the kingdom is a calling that is not for the faint of heart.
When you pray, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done," you enter into a submission that will cause heaven to move in all power and hell to run in fear. Your prayer of submission says you trust God completely and will follow Him at all costs.
Whatever is ahead of you that causes you to cry out to God, "Lord, take this from me," remember to submit yourself to His way. Surrender to God before you concede to fear!
Lord, give me the strength and the courage to submit my will - my desires to you. You are above all, and you know all things. In my life, let your will be done.