The Father’s Will

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10b

 But it is a dangerous error, surely very widespread among Christians, to think that the heart can pray by itself. For then we confuse wishes, hopes, sighs, laments, rejoicing so—all of which the heart can do by itself—with prayer. And we confuse earth and heaven, man and God. Prayer does not mean simply to pour out one’s heart. It means rather to find the way to God and to speak with him, whether the heart is full or empty. No man can do that by himself. For that he needs Jesus Christ. /// Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible (p. 9-10)

Prayer is ultimately, as Bonhoeffer suggests, not about our own thoughts and wants but rather about submitting ourselves to the will of God. Because we know that God is infinite, eternal, and absolutely sovereign, why would we desire for our will to be done at all? Paul tells us clearly in Romans 8:26 that “we do not know what to pray for as we ought”. Thus, as we approach God in prayer, we must determine that His will is far more important than our own.

To this degree, when we pray for God’s will to be done, we should hold no pretense about the necessity of our prayers to accomplish the will of God. The LORD will be mighty to do as He wishes without the aid of anyone, so praying “your will be done” is not about helping God through our prayers. Rather, in praying for God’s will to be done, we are, in essence, submitting ourselves to His desires. We could very easily throw the words with me onto the end of the phrase: let your will be done with me. In this prayer, we place ourselves entirely at the discretion and the mercies of God.

This submission is a summation of Proverbs 3:5-6:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Praying for God’s will is a sign that we trust God and are leaning upon His understanding rather than our own.

There is simply no better way to begin the day than by praying for God’s will to be done because we are aligning ourselves onto the winning side of all affairs. Or to say it like this: if God’s plan will be done, let us submit ourselves to it now. Let us throw ourselves at God’s mercy, asking Him to guide us in all things.

Meditate upon the will of God and your responsibility to do it.

Pray for God’s will to be done in your life, trusting Him with all your heart and not leaning on your own understanding.


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