One end of the spectrum… to the other end… and everything in between is how I would describe living out life in regards to the fourth refrain from the Lord’s prayer.
Your will be done
What do I mean?
Well, on the one end, we live out our lives seeking the will of God and desiring to bring Him honor and glory.
Then there is the other end of the God’s will spectrum in which we acknowledge the Sovereignty of God and submit to His will.
And then there is everything in between as we move between the two.
I see myself being active and eager to do God’s will.
I see myself not necessarily passive, but rather submissive and obedient to God’s will.
I see myself moving along this dynamic spectrum of spiritual maturity. I am challenged by it. I am strengthened by it. I am humbled by it. Depending upon the time, the situation, the relationship, the motive, the need, I move with great resolve and desire to do my God’s will or I am asked to take a position of submission as I wait upon His will and rest in His will.
As I said, what an incredible dynamic that offers joy, opportunity, challenge, anguish, submission, and rest.
How do we pray then, for God’s will to be done?
How do we sift our wants, needs, and desires in relationship to the will of God?
Are we the ones who do the sifting or does our God?
Wow! I have lots of questions today regarding this refrain…Your will be done.
Maybe you do too.
Like I said, what an incredible opportunity to be invited onto this dynamic, life changing spectrum to pray for God’s will to be done….
In our personal lives
In our family’s lives
In our friends’ and workmates’ lives
In our church, neighborhood, and communities
In our nation
In our world
Your will be done is a prayer for every stage of life and in every situation. God has a plan. God has a purpose. Think of this, in Heaven, God’s will is done gladly, completely, joyfully, and willingly. If we would pray for such an attitude of heart and spirit, how might our thoughts, decisions, and actions be affected and transformed? We would experience a foretaste of heaven on earth, I think! How much more would we experience God’s peace and God’s rest as we cast every care upon His will and His will alone.
Jesus did it.
Oswald Chambers writes, “Seeking to do the ‘will of the Father’ was the one dominating concern throughout our Lord’s life. And whatever He encountered along the way, whether joy or sorrow, success or failure, He was never deterred from that purpose.”
He submitted to His Father in all things on earth; even to death so that we would experience life everlasting. He experienced anguish and pain. Yet Jesus submitted fully so that all could come to the Father through His Son, Jesus.
This is the dynamic spectrum of God’s will in action. Jesus did the will of God. Jesus prayed for the will of God. Jesus submitted to the will of God. God’s will was done on earth as it is in heaven through His Son. May we pray in the same manner of heart and mind and spirit.
Your will be done, O Lord. Amen.
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done