Our Father … Your Will Be Done
Luke 11:2 NKJV
So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Whenever we come to God in prayer, whose will are you seeking to be implemented? Your will? Or God’s will?
Whenever we pray we must remember that God is the leader and we are His followers; God is in command and we are to obey Him; God is our Father and we are His children.
We must remember that we cannot force God to perform our will. Rather it is us who must follow and perform the will of God because He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep.
Therefore Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father in heaven …Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” because He wants us to remember that when we pray we are to desire, require and perform the will and plans of God into existence by our prayers.
The issues we pray about must be according to the plans and purpose that God has for a situation and for our lives.
Mark 14:36 NKJV
And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”
Before Jesus was about to be crucified, He was already feeling the immense pressure, the burden, the responsibility and the unimaginable pain that would come with being crucified for the sins of the world. Being in the form of a man, Jesus could have succumb to the fleshly temptation and the negative emotions which were swaying Him to avoid crucifixion, but Jesus always knew that the Father’s will and plans takes precedence therefore Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane saying “…not what I will, but what You will”.
Therefore we need to take the example of Jesus in prayer. We must pray not our own will, but the will of the Father. We need to pray and perform the will and plans of God in our life.
Sometimes praying God’s will may not be emotionally terrific, for example praying for your enemies (because Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies), but we must trust God that He knows what is best for our lives and that whatever God has planned – His plans are always turn out to be good and best.
TODAY. Pray the will of God.