Read: Matthew 26:36-46

Going a little farther, [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (v. 39 NIV)

As the cold wind whipped around the minor league baseball park, my family sat there supporting my niece and her three friends who had the honor of singing the national anthem. When the quartet began, it was obvious that the microphone was not working. The whole stadium just stood there listening to the silence. It was like they were singing into the wind.

When Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, pleading that he would not have to endure the crucifixion, he might have felt like he was praying into the wind. There was no heavenly intervention to rescue him from the soldiers. Did God hear the prayers of his own Son? God always heard him (see John 11:42), but it was God’s will for him to suffer and die to fulfill the plan of salvation. Jesus had to resign himself to his Father’s perfect will.

We have the privilege of talking to the Almighty, but when no answer is in sight, we are not just praying into the wind. God hears the prayers of our hearts. Instead of granting every request, he filters our prayers through his sovereign will. We have a caring heavenly Father, and we can trust that his will is best. —Steve Laman

As you pray, thank God for hearing your prayers. Ask him to help you trust him when he does not answer as you would like.