The Father hears Jesus’ prayers.
We see this very clearly in John 11:41-42,
” 41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Now let’s look at something very interesting in Mark 14:32-42,
“32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.”
Jesus prays in the garden, let this pass. He TRULY believed God could. He WAS and IS God. This is not a mistaken prayer. This is not Him praying in the flesh. Jesus was communing with the Father. He desired that this cup could pass because He knew the agony and shame and reproach He was preparing to be subjected to.
Still, He chose God’s will be done.
We know in John 12:27-28 that God answers Him because He is in the Father’s perfect will. Christ knew that God really could deliver Him. He had the power and ability! Consider that fact.
When Jesus prayed this, God had every ounce of power and ability and love for His Son to take this moment away.
But it wasn’t the Father’s will.
Being the second person of the Godhead, being sinless, knowing all men’s hearts, Jesus chose to go to the cross (knowing the power of God and capacity He possessed to prevent this awful act) even though He desired that it should pass.
What can we learn?
It’s one thing to ask the Lord for His will to be done.
It’s another thing to know that God is capable of changing a terrible situation but asking Him to carry out His will over what you desire that you see He can do.
That is obedience.
This is love.
It is real faith.
Does God’s will matter to you?
Hope you see how huge this is.