Praying the Will of God
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in Earth, as it is in Heaven... – Matthew 6:9-10
This scripture was Jesus’ teaching to the disciples and the multitude on how to pray. Sometimes we can come to God with our long list of things we would like fixed, changed, removed, or added to our lives. It would be wise for us to tell the Lord that as much as we want our prayers answered, that we want His will more than the satisfaction of our desires. God is ultimately after our character more than our comfort, our holiness more than our happiness. A baby is born and essentially cries “Feed me, tend to me, give me” – and that’s okay for a baby, but as we begin to grow and mature, God wants to turn the ‘mine’ into a ‘Thine.’ True prayer isn’t so much about us telling God what we want Him to do for us on our terms, but more about us worshipping, thanking, acknowledging, surrendering, and praying for His will to be done, and His kingdom to come, in and through our lives.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You are a prayer-hearing and a prayer-answering God. Help me to know Your ways and teach me to pray in line with Your good, pleasing and perfect will, in Jesus’ name. Because you are God and I am not. Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Num 11:1-15,31-35; Ps 78:17-31; Luke 15:11-25 and 16:19-21; 1 Cor 10:6 and 11; James 4:1-4; Jer 12:1-2, Mrk 14:36, Mt 6:9-13; Eccl 5:1