“In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.” – Heb. 5:7
“Please, Mommy–please!” Anyone with children has heard that before, and the response often requires tremendous wisdom. Sometimes I’m a softie mom and other times I hold the line. I find it especially hard to resist tears. Though these don’t accompany my sons’ pleas anymore, tears still occasionally well up in my daughter’s eyes. I either relent or firmly maintain what’s already been determined–often without complete confidence I’m making the right decision. When I do say no, it’s usually because I believe that answer will benefit my child more in the long run.
Jesus earnestly prayed daily throughout His earthly life. Sometimes His prayers were more urgent, thus offered with wrenching cries and tears. Because of His piety (godly fear), His Father heeded His petitions. Jesus knew who held the power to grant His desires, so He withheld nothing in His honest, heartfelt requests. He always asked.
God hears our requests too. He sees the tears. He listens to our anguish. But that doesn’t mean He always gives what we want. Why?
God says no because His plans are better than our desires.
Agonizingly Jesus pleaded with His Father before He went to the cross: “Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42). As He prayed, He didn’t sweat normal tears–His consisted of blood. Yet His Father still said no … so hard to imagine. The perfect Man, the sinless Son labored in prayer to the “One able to save Him from death.” And He said no. Why?
Because our Father’s plan superseded saving his Son–it involved saving us.
God’s plan existed before time began. Lovingly He determined to buy us back through His beloved Son’s blood. Generously He gave His only Son. Selfishly sinners rejected and killed Christ. But God won! Today Jesus sits at God’s right hand … and He’s still offering up prayers and supplications … just for us (see Romans 8:34).
Maybe you’ve been crying to the Lord for something or someone in particular. Like Jesus, keep asking. Like Jesus, stay surrendered to God’s will. Then like Jesus, God’s perfect plan will be enacted through your life.
If God says no, we can rest in knowing His plan surpasses that desire.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9