Thy Will Be Done

My, Devotion to Him #174

Jesus not only taught His disciples to pray, “Your will be done” which was said in Matthew 6:10, but He molded those very words in His own life and ministry. Jesus’ example raises a question that is vital to us and needs to be answered, “Why is it crucial to pray this way?” 


As Christians we have found ourselves praying for many things, we’ve prayed at various locations, times, and for various things. Which is what we should be doing. However, praying “Your will be done” is going to take a moment for us to understand it and to push forward to mold our life and our ministry in the same fashion as Christ did. 


First, to pray “Your will be done” is to recognize the sovereignty of God. Which is to recognize Him as the supreme power and authority over every aspect in our life. What we are doing in recognizing Him as the Sovereign One is in a way us saying, “Thank you God for being in control over this world.” This puts us in a place to recognize that we are not sovereign. We are not in control. We are not the ones whose authority moves mountains and creates life. At this point we have suppressed our flesh, we’ve got our mind under control, and our hearts in the right place. We have already declared that He is the Sovereign One. Thereby removing us from the situation. Could you imagine how terrible things would be if we got every single thing we ask for? And that right there should cause us to take a moment and thank the Lord for Him being sovereign and not us. Because we simply don’t know what’s best for us! We can only see a small glimpse of our life while God sees beginning to end. Thus, this should reassure us that His perspective is far superior than ours. 


To pray “Your will be done” is a daily recognition that our wills must be submitted to His will. One of the most comforting thoughts to me is that the very One who created me knows exactly what’s best for me all of the time and only has the best interest for me. So, if we walk according to His will, rather than trying to command Him according to our own wills, we will indeed have as He has promised. 


In a life in which we submit our will to His will we will find peace every single time. This whole thing came from the One who created you. He is also the One who taught us to pray. He is the Object of our faith, the Originator of our salvation, the Originator of our prayers. So, make no mistake; when we are in harmony with His will we will receive what we request 100% of the time! 


However, when we pray as Christ prayed, “Nevertheless, not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42) we can be rest assured that even in sickness and tragedy “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).


In closing, for us to pray “Your will be done” is a daily recognition that God will not spare us from trial and tribulation, but rather is it His will that will protect through the fiery furnace and that during those fiery times it purges our impurities from our lives. This is the message from the book of Job. Job endured more tragedy in a single day than most people do in their whole life. Yet in his darkest hours Job uttered the ultimate words of faith, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15). For the child of God, the Hope is not perfect health and happiness in this lifetime, but a resurrected body and a heavenly dwelling in the life to come. 

God bless!  


Copyright © 2018 by Jacob D. Olinger

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