Psalm 27:7, Matthew 26:39b, 42b NIV 2011
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
“My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
David’s prayers included his petitions when hard pressed. Psalm 18:6, “In my distress I called to the Lord. I cried to my God for help.” He waited for God’s answer. Psalm 4:1b, “Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” Jesus, the perfect sacrificial Lamb, petitioned God even knowing His ultimate purpose. 2 Corinthians 8:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Petition is part of God’s peoples’ prayer.
Merriam-Webster defines petition as an earnest request, entreaty, something asked for or requested. I think of David’s petitions as an entreaty while Jesus’ petition was something asked for knowing the Father’s will. My daughter messaged me today about a friend of hers. In a rough place in her life, I prayed for God to surround she and her daughter with His perfect peace. I then prayed He would place His hedge of protection around them. Petition is part of my daily prayer.
Who needs prayers of petition today?
Petitions prayed together,