Scripture Reading: Luke 22:42
Jesus not only taught His disciples to pray, “Let Your will be done” (Matthew 6:10), but He modeled those very words in His own life and ministry. For a lot of believers today, prayer is not “Let Your will be done”, rather it is “let my will be done”. There is a wrong or childish notion of prayer among some believers today. Prayer is seen as telling God our will and expecting Him to act as we want. Some scriptural references are quoted as evidence to support this childish notion. However, when the disciples approached Jesus to request for some lessons in prayer, Jesus taught them the structure, form, content, disposition and format of how a Christian prayer should be. Jesus said to them: “when you pray say ’Let Your will be done’.” With this Jesus teaches that prayer seeks the glorification of God; it is an insistence on the establishment of God’s will; it is a request for God to be God in our situation. Prayer is renouncing our will and accepting the will of God.
Some people do not trust what the will of God is or will be so they are afraid to say, “Let Your will be done”. Also some people think that when you pray “Let Your will be done” then the worst is expected. That isn’t true. When we pray “Let Your will be done” we should expect the best, because God’s will is the best for us. In any situation we are in, and we insist that the will of the Father, be done, we are invariably commanding every situation to give way for the manifestation of the plan of God. God’s plan is surely for our good, to give us an expected end. When we submit to the will of God, we are submitting to the best reality that can ever happen to us. Anything we ask in accordance with God’s will must surely be given to us.
According to Hank Hanegraaff, “First, to pray “Your will be done”, is to recognize the sovereignty of God over every aspect of our daily lives. In effect, it is a way of saying, “Thank God this world is under His control, not mine!” Furthermore, to pray “Your will be done”, is daily recognition that our will must be submitted to His will. One of the most comforting thoughts that can penetrate a human mind yielded to the will of God is that He who has created us also knows what is best for us. Thus, if we walk according to His will, rather than
trying to command Him according to our own will, we will indeed have, as He promised, peace in the midst of the storm. Whatever we pray for, whether it’s healing or a house, when our will is in harmony with His will, we will receive what we request 100 percent of the time. However, when we pray as Christ prayed, “Nevertheless, not my will but Thy will be done,” we can rest assured that even in sickness and tragedy “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
According St. Alphonsus, “The greatest glory we can give to God is to do His will in everything.” Let us say with Hebrews 10:9, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.”
Gal 5: 1-6; Ps 119: 41. 43. 44. 45. 47. 48; (R.41a); Accl Heb4:12; Lk 11: 37-41
- Thank you Father, for this word today in the name of Jesus.
- Am sorry for the times I insisted on my will, please have mercy on me in the name of Jesus.
- Lord, if what I seek (name) be according to Your will, then let it come to pass and let success attend the outcome. But if not, my God, let it not come to pass. Do not leave me to my own devices, for You know how unwise I can be. Keep me safe under Your protection, O Lord my God, and in Your own gentle way guide me and rule me as You know best in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Exercise: Learn always to say, “If God wills or if it is the will of God.”
Memory Verse: Psalms 40:8