This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV)
You’re probably familiar with these first two verses from “The Lord’s Prayer”, whether you’ve read them, said them, sung them or simply heard them.
This is how Jesus taught His disciples to pray.
This is how Jesus wants you and me to pray.
For His will…not ours.
I must confess that sometimes when I pray, I try to sway God’s will my way. Especially when there’s an outcome that I reeeeee-lee want. My prayer goes something like this:
“Please God, if it’s Your will, let (Tina’s wish for the outcome of this prayer) happen so that (this is where I make my case for why this desire is so important). In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”
Then I go about my day hoping that my will…er, God’s will…be done.
Know what I mean?
I thought so.
Why is it so hard to let go of me and grab on to He?
Because when I pray that way, what I’m really saying is that I know what’s better for me than the One who created me.
The One who died for me…
Awhile back, my dear brother-in-law (aka: “Bro”) and I were discussing my desires for a specific outcome to a prayer.
“So, this is really about YOU, Sis?” he asked with a curious grin.
“Yes. It. Is.” I replied.
Half kidding. Half serious.
Well, at least I was honest.
And that’s the point.
When Bro challenged me to examine myself, I was reminded of what I knew but hid deep down in my soul….that the right thing to do…that the only thing to do…was to pray for my Heavenly Father’s will…in All things, All situations, Always…as well as the ability and even the courage, to accept it.
Thanks, Bro. I needed that.
And maybe you, dear friend, need it too.
Will you pray with me?
Gracious God, give me the courage to surrender my will and embrace Yours in all things. You are Holy, Awesome, Mercy, and Love. Amen.
Spread your joy,