“May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (NLT)
The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to show them how to pray. He then prayed what is now known as the “Lord’s Prayer”. In the prayer He says, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Notice that He did not say, “God, may my will be done on earth.” So often that is how we pray. We come to God with requests that are more like demands. It is not wrong to ask God for something with confidence. God says that He wants to give us good things. God does answer prayer. Where the problem comes in is when we assume our desire is the will of God. Our confidence should come from knowing God and aligning our desires with His. Not confidence in the fact that we simply want something. In “Desiring God’s Will”, Dr. David Benner writes, “The prayer that comes most naturally for all of us is ‘My name be hallowed, my kingdom come, my will be done.’ This is a prayer of independence and willfulness. It is the liturgy of the kingdom of self. The prayer that goes against our nature and that can become our prayer only through the action of divine grace, is the Lord’s prayer. It inverts everything in the liturgy of the kingdom of the self – ‘Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.’ It is a prayer of surrendered autonomy and willingness. It is the liturgy of the kingdom of God.” Today, attune your heart with God. Pray for wisdom, discernment and align your request with His will. Then we can pray, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Father, I ask that You would help me discern Your will for my life. Help me align my joys, desires and will with Yours I pray.
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