“Are You Able?”
Teach us, O Lord, what it means to drink your cup; teach us that it means to share in your life which in turn means to share in your service, in your sacrifice, and in your suffering.
Guard us from arrogant thoughtlessness that would lead us to make claims of an ability to drink your cup that we do not in fact possess.
Guard us from timid reticence that would lead us to shrink from a humble willingness to at least be always moving toward an ability to drink your cup.
Guard us from selfish seeking that would lead us to draw the inspiration for our willingness to drink your cup from the hope of reward for doing so.
Give us, O Lord, minds, hearts, and spirits like yours so that we will want to drink your cup, so that we will want to share in your life which in turn means to share in your service, in your sacrifice, and in your suffering—because it is what we truly want to do.
“But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’” (Matthew 20:22-23)