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Saturday, September 27, 2008

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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6 Comments:

Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Wow, isn't that the truth? I so desperately desire to do HIS will, but often I find myself asking for my own. That's not really the best thing, eh? Thank you for sharing this.It causes me to pause as I pray.

September 27, 2008 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

I love the part where "we have to begin by asking God to do things HIS way." We have to remember that HE loves us so much and wants us to be happy. I struggle with wanting HIM to do things my way sometimes. Thanks for a great post! God Bless~

September 27, 2008 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger much2ponder said...

"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."

nicely put Heather! I love especially how you use these words above. 'OPPORTUNITY to get INVOLVED' I want to get involved in the matters of the Father's heart.

Thank you for taking the time to post what the Lord has put on your heart.

September 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Just Moi... said...

I just LOVE this article..Thank a Bunch for posting & writing this Truth..So many times I have said this Prayer, & Never looked at it from this angle..But Now I SEE the LIGHT, Thank God for the Little Ones that God uses to show US all His TRUTHS..Even when we don,t see it coming..Sometimes there is a Message in Even the Simple & Funny things in Life to Bring Us all to where God would have us to be..Amen for that!..Thank You So Much, I REALLY Needed this today..God Bless You & Those Little Ones..In His LOVE..Mrs..DEBI..+..P.S. I also at times have caught myself listening intently to Little Words of Wisdom from God through my 7 yr. Old Grandson..Kids say the Truest things don,t they now?..Thank YOU Jesus for the Blessing Of Children..

September 27, 2008 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger campbell's said...

So funny that on the day you wrote this article I was reviewing The Lord's Prayer with my 5 year old. She has to learn it in like 2 wks. She too kept putting in the "my" instead of "thy". Anyways, check out my blog, I wrote about it in full detail on Saturday!! Thanks for your insight.. God obviously is wanting me to get this lesson by repeating it over and over to me.:)

September 28, 2008 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Believe it or not...I have made that boo-boo myself. In a hurry...not realy "praying" just following the ritual I know by heart...soothing my conscience. But then when I mess that up...I ALWAYS am reminded of what I am to be doing. HIS will. NOT mine. I loved this Heather!

September 28, 2008 at 7:22 PM  

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