Overrule me, Lord!
Yesterday our Pastor painted a beautiful picture of submission to God’s plan for our lives. He took us to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus made His plea to His Heavenly Father. Three times Jesus stepped away from the disciples to a quiet place in the garden, fell on His face before God and cried out…
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:40).
Other translations record it as, “Not my will but thine be done.”
Pastor Danny’s challenge to us was this. Are you facing a difficult situation? Are you at a crossroads in your life and need direction? Step away to a quiet place, get into a position (whether face down, on your knees, or whatever allows you to humble yourself), and cry out to your Heavenly Father with a sincere heart, “Overrule me, Lord!” I don’t think I’ve ever thought of this prayer from Jesus as saying that. But it is! Perfect picture of complete submission. Jesus told God what His preference was. He boldly asked the Lord to change His plan – and Jesus was persistent with His request. But He ended each plea with, “Overrule me, Lord!”
God isn’t intimidated or upset or offended by our petitions. In fact He urges us to bring each one to Him. But the condition of our heart must be, “Lord, this is my request. But I’m asking You to overrule me, Lord!” That’s a tough prayer. We all have our own agendas, our own calendars, our own To-Do list, our own chartered course. And that’s okay. But in order to live a joyful Christian life, we must tag on the end of each these words, “Nonetheless, overrule me, Lord!”