Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
‘Thy will be done,’ referred to three times in scripture, two teaching the disciples to pray and one as Jesus prayed before his arrest. Facing death, Jesus proclaimed, thy will be done. As we read through Matthew 26, we find that Jesus was sorrowful when he prayed these words of submission. It wasn’t easy for him. He knew the betrayal had happened, he saw the arrest coming, and he understood the cross was ahead. It wasn’t easy for him to pray these words, and it isn’t easy for us.
Scripture also teaches us that;
- God is the god of the universe (Psalm 115:15).
- He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1).
- He is sovereign (Psalm 135:6)
- He is faithful. (2 Thessalonions 3:3)
- He is good.(Psalm 100:5)
All of these things are pleasant to hear and encouraging, but there are circumstances in life which make it easy to forget, and make praying, ‘thy will be done,’ feel mountainous. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it feels like your heart is broken into a thousand peices. Sometimes we don’t want to pray it…
Sometimes praying, ‘thy will be done,’ leads us through the desert, and we feel alone, and it hurts, but there is purpose in that desert. There is purpose to the point He is leading, and we have to dig to get out of it, and that digging requires opening our Bible and praying God’s word back to him proclaiming his promises out loud.
Sometimes praying, ‘thy will be done,’ means we don’t get what we WANT. And that is painful.But God doesn’t promise us that we will have what we want. He promises to provide for our NEEDS. And sometimes the things we see as a NEED, they aren’t really a need at all. They are a, ‘like to have’. And that, ‘like to have,’ if given to us leaves us missing out on the end resulted goodness God desires.
Sometimes praying, ‘thy will be done,’ means tears. Tears in the realization that what we hoped for isn’t going to happen, a moment of mourning to grieve our, ‘loss,’ in coming to submission to God’s Word.
All of that being said, the desert, the hurt, the tears…yes it hurts, and yes we experience a lack of understanding, but its much like a parent-child relationship. There are times when we lead our children through things they don’t understand, and at the end of the day we end up with ice cream…and they forget the process of ‘no,’ which brought them to the celebrated, ‘yes‘. When we get to the other side of our mountain we too experience the, ‘yes,’ and realize that all the no’s, although painful were worth it.
Praying God’s will places God as authority in our life, which puts us exactly where we were designed to be. Praise Him today, praise Him that He is the creator of the universe, that He is sovereign, that He is faithful, and He is good. He is worthy!
2 Samual 22:31,
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
Our Heavenly Father – we know by your word that you are perfect. We know your word is tried. We know you are a shield to those that trust you. We pray confidently that you are these things for us in this day to come, and we pray you bring these words to the forefront of our mind as we see the mountains in our paths, the word and anxiety the enemy tries to impress upon us. We choose you today. We choose to step above these things as you have called us to do. We choose you. In Jesus name. Amen.