“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last” (Luke 23:44-46, NIV).
I was reminded tonight of something I had heard a long time ago but had forgotten. When Jesus was on the cross, one of His seven last sayings was reciting a bedtime prayer taught to Him by His parents.
“Into your hands, I commit my spirit.”
It’s originally from Psalm 31:5, followed by “deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”
It was more than merely a declaration that Jesus was about to die; it was a prayer of complete obedience and trust in the Father to the end.
It’s also a good prayer for those of us who follow Jesus in these very uncertain times. It’s a declaration of our dependence and a way of owning up to the fact that we can’t control anything in this life.
If God didn’t hold my world in place at every moment, it would fly apart and take me with it. If God didn’t hold me in His sustaining grace at every second, I’d fall away in a heartbeat.
“Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit.”
It’s a statement of surrender to a faithful God who keeps all His promises at all times to all His people. It’s a testimony of trust in God who bids storms cease and sickness to depart.
“Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.”