Luke 22:42Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.

Have you ever stopped to ponder the word ‘will’? By definition it means, ‘a deliberate or fixed desire or intention’ or another definition says, ‘the power of control the mind has over its own actions’.

In order to gain victory over death, Jesus actually had to sacrifice his will in all areas, physical, mental and spiritual and release it to the Father when he went to the cross. It was through this sacrifice of His will that we are now able to receive the gift of salvation, breakthrough in our lives and have the freedom to have a relationship directly with God the Father.

As we as a church believe for breakthrough and give up our desires in the physical, a fast is the perfect opportunity to once again examine and reflect on the will of our heart and our spirit. Are there desires or plans in our lives that we need to sacrifice to the Lord and follow the lead of Jesus by saying, ‘Not my will, but yours be done’ in order to see breakthrough? Do we have desires or intentions that the Lord is asking us to lay down, in order to be aligned with His perfect will?

It is a bold prayer to bring before the Lord, ‘Not my will, but yours, be done’, one that often requires the sacrifice of even good-hearted, well-intentioned dreams, plans and desires. You can be assured, His will for your life is far greater then you could ever imagine or dream. And as we obey and surrender our will to the Father, not only will He strengthen and sustain us through the Holy Spirit - just like He did Jesus, but we will begin to see victory and breakthrough in our lives.

Steph Sohnchen // Assistant to Henry and Alex