Our Will Be Done
It's bedtime and three pairs of knees hit the floor in their snuggly footie pajamas. They fold their hands and bow their heads like a Norman Rockwell picture and begin to recite the Lord's prayer:
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
My kingdom come
Our will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Wait a minute? That's not quite right, is it? As I laugh at my children's inability to distinguish between the words Your and our or the phrases Thy will and my will, I realize I sometimes pray the same way.
Dear Lord, this is what I want and could You please do it quickly? Lord, please let me be in control of this situation, ok? Please solve this problem and change me into a super Christian overnight. Please let me get a promotion and make my children rise up and call me blessed.
Please, dear Lord, let MY will be done.
When Jesus first shared that prayer with his disciples, it was in answer to their desire to learn how to pray. I want to learn how to pray the way Jesus prayed; to make mountains move, storms cease and lame men walk again. As it turns out, Jesus' way of praying is quite different from the pattern we often follow. He suggested that prayer is a place to turn our hearts around and align ourselves with the will of the Father.
Actually, prayer is the way that we usher in God's kingdom on this earth. If we want to see what heaven looks like, we have to begin by asking God to do things HIS way. It changes everything when we see prayer as an opportunity to get involved with God's will, to become a part of His kingdom and to learn to see things from His point of view.
We begin to follow Jesus' example when we submit our requests to God and trust that His will will be done and His kingdom will come.
Put it into Practice:
*Pray through the Lord's prayer today and pause after each phrase, soaking in the meaning of those words.
*Ask God to reveal His will to you....especially about those pressing prayer requests that you keep bringing to Him.
*Submit your concerns to God this morning, trusting that God will do what is best.
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