“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” -Matthew 6:9-13
A lot of us pray this prayer everyday. But I want to focus on just a small piece of it. “Your will be done”. If we pray this everyday, asking God to let his will be done in our lives, then why do we have doubts and concerns about our future? If we pray this prayer everyday, then why do we let the enemy attack our minds when the other things we pray for don’t happen? Doesn’t this mean that we are “doubting” God’s will for our lives?
Matthew 6:34 tells us “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” We are commanded to not worry about tomorrow, little lone the rest of our future. We begin to pray things like “God please let me get this promotion”, or “God please make this happen”, but we too often forget to pray the will of God, our creator. He knows what is best for us, he declares it in Jeremiah 29:11-12 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope, and a future.” God has a perfect and distinct will for each of our lives, why do we let this doubt creep in? Or if you prefer, why do we let our earthly desires begin to take over?
James writes in his book in chapter 4 “Submit yourselves to therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. What a beautiful promise this is! We only need t submit ourselves to God and the enemy will flee. Submitting to God means changing our prayers from “God please give me this promotion” to “God I pray for this promotion, let your will be done in my life either way, whether I got it o not, I know that you are guiding me and leading me to the path you have laid out for my life. Let your will be done because either way I will serve you.”
How do you get to that point? Romans 12:2 says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. We need to not let ourselves be conformed to the world, but rather remember that our creator has something much better in store for us. Let our lives be transformed and through that, we “live for the rest of the time in flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2).
Lastly, we need to be bold in our prayers to God. Remember God is a big Gd. He is a powerful God. Again, James writes “the prayer of the righteous person has great power as it is working” (5:16). Let your prayers to the Lord be devoted to his will to your life!
“May he grant you your heart’s desires and fulfill all your plans!” – Proverbs 20:4