“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
We have all heard the Disciples Prayer from Matthew 6, The Sermon On the Mount. Jesus teaches His disciples His model for prayer. Unfortunately, I think many of us fail to realize it is HIS will that needs to be done. Not ours.
Webster defines Yield in the following ways:
: to give up possession of on claim or demand: as a : to give up (as one’s breath) and so die b : to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another : hand over possession of c : to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
We get the concept of prayer. We ask, and we expect to receive what we ask. Do we yield to His will or are we upset when we have no answer by our deadline? What if that is the answer? What if it’s no? People get angry with God when He does not answer the way they asked.
Through the years we have prayed for many situations and through many circumstances. Sometimes, the answers were immediate … sometimes we felt we had no answer, we didn’t understand. We were confused. However, God answers every prayer. He does, He really does. Prayers are answered according to His will. Through cancer, surgery, plane crashes, tornadoes… every trial, He has answered. Is it not an answer to prayer when a loved one dies from an illness when you prayed they might be made whole? Christians know that when they die they go to Heaven and are made whole. No more suffering, no more pain. The problem is not God not answering, it is in our praying.
So why pray if He’s going to do what He wants anyway? Because in talking with God through prayer you learn the character of God, through Jesus by the Holy Spirit in you. Prayer changes things … it changes you. It makes you the Christian and the child of God He made you to be. His will becomes yours. Prayer is for molding you into Christ’s character.
Can you come to the point in your prayer life that you can truly pray and then honestly end with “Thy will be done”? In one week we will go before foreclosure mediation. God knows Phil needs a job. He KNOWS we need a place to live. We ask Him to give Phil a job and help us with finances, including our home. We want to honor our debt. God KNOWS There is nothing wrong with the way we are praying, we are not praying amiss. So when we go (and we know God can give us that miracle we have been asking for), we will go asking His will be done, knowing it WILL. His WILL. So if Phil does not have a job, and if we lose the house has God not answered our prayers? NO, that is simply His answer. His word says:
Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB)
“For I know the plans I have for you” —[this is] the LORD’s declaration—”plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I truly believe God has a miracle for us and am waiting expectantly for Him to reveal His plan. It may not be the plan and scenario I asked for, but I know that whatever it is, it is good because He says so.
So I will pray as He leads me, asking that I might receive and always asking Him in Jesus’ name, “Thy Will Be Done”.