who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Hebrews 5:7-8, NKJV)
God’s ears are open to the prayers of the righteous (1 Pet. 3:12). So, why didn’t the Father answer Christ’s prayers to escape the torturous death by crucifixion that was awaiting Him? In fact, the Father did answer them. Jesus prayed, “if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will”, and God’s will was that He endure the cross (Matt. 26:39). He accepted this answer with complete obedience to the Father’s will. We tend to think that if our prayers are not answered in the way we prefer, then God has not answered our prayer at all. But, when we pray with a heart that defers to the will of God, every prayer is not only heard but also answered according to God’s good will. Let us follow the example of Jesus when we pray, and continue to obey the Father fully, whatever His answer is.