(Day 21 of the Fasting and Prayer Programme)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26: 39
As we end this year’s 21-day fast, the Holy Spirit reminds us to follow the example of Jesus. In our scriptural reference, Jesus demonstrated the turning point in prayer for all of us. Prayer is not about bending God’s will to get what we want. The purpose of prayer is to seek God’s will and enforce it, thereby aligning our desires with His. Jesus willingly placed His desires in full submission to the Father’s will. Here is the turning point.
Jesus not only prayed in submission to God, He lived that way: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me.” (John 6:38, NIV) When Jesus gave the disciples the pattern for prayer, He taught them to pray for God’s sovereign rule: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10, NIV), we must keep insisting on God’s will concerning our lives and conditions as revealed in God’s word. When we want something desperately, choosing God’s will over our own is no easy feat. We must allow His will and word to prevail. If we truly trust God, we’ll have the strength to let go of our wants and passions and believe that His will is perfect, right, and the very best thing for us.
This is not a call to be faithless, or accept anything for an answer, no, it is a call to be doggedly disposed only to accepting God’s will in all things. In this fallen world, many Christians are continually tempted to always have it done their own way, you must note that surrendering your will to God is the heart of worship. The barriers that make it difficult for Christians to surrender themselves and will to God are, fear, confusion and uncertainty. But if we realize how much God loves us, and how good His will is for us, we would easily surrender our total being to Him. When navigating through some of life’s darkest moments often, all that we can hold onto is our faith in God’s plan remembering Jeremiah 29:11, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” To trust in God’s will is not to be opened to any possibility but to trust and be opened to the best possibility, for God’s will remains the best for us.
MASS: WHITE Acts 22: 3-16 or Acts 9: 1-22; Ps 117:1-2 (R. Mk.16:15); Accl. Jn 15:16; Mk 16:15-18 CONVERSION OF PAUL, AP FEAST
Lord, I decree and declare, that Your will is my peace.
Holy Father, I ask You to give me an understanding of all that You want me to do in life and make me wise with spiritual wisdom. Grant me the grace to please and honour You by surrendering my will to Yours.
Pray the “Healing Prayer of Surrender” on page 71 of “Amen: It is Done”.
Exercise: Ensure that you take the “Divine Mercy” prayers today.
Meditation: Romans 5:8.