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 every day. But I want to focus on just a small piece of it. “Your will be done”. If we pray this every day, asking God to let His will be done in our lives, then why do we have doubts and concerns about our future? This is definitely something I struggle with. I am a futurist and want to plan and know every moment of my future! Sometimes I believe that it is a true attack on the enemy to try to distract me from where God really wants my focus.
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, let alone the rest of our future. This is not an easy thing to do! We sometimes pray “God please make this happen”, but we too often forget to pray the will of God. 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?
If the thing we are praying for does not happen, we might begin to question why it’s not happening. Sometimes we just have to accept one of two options: either it’s not in God’s overall will for our lives, or it’s just not the right time for it. Either way, we can know that no matter what, God is holding our very futures in the palm of His hands! When we pray the will of God into our lives we can be excited about what He has waiting for us!
James writes in his book in chapter 4, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. What a beautiful promise this is! We only need to submit ourselves to God and the enemy will flee. Submitting to God means changing our prayers from “God make this happen” to “God if this is in Your will for me I ask for this to happen!”
When you ask God for something, do you ask Him according to His good and perfect will for your life? Meditate on Romans 12.2 and ask God to show you His will for you.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.