Your Will be Done…
Saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42
God has created people in His own image and has given us the power of choice. It is possible that much practiced by sinful people is not in accord with God’s actual will. Hate, poverty, alcoholism, greed etc. cannot be in accord with God’s actual will. It is not God’s will that people go to a lost eternity, yet many are.
To pray “Your will be done in my life” one must believe that God is good and that He purposes the best for all His children. We must believe that God’s will is always best, that He has a plan for every life.
The person praying this way must not simply have the concept that God exists, but that He is the divine potter and we are in His hands, to be molded as He wants.
Jesus had this kind of faith. He never had any doubt about God. He did not speculate about Him. He affirmed absolutely that God is the God of the loving heart. Jesus went to the cross believing it to be the Father’s will; but He had faith enough in God to believe that if the heavenly Father should send Him to die on a cruel cross for us, He would have purpose in it, because God’s will is always best.
In the cross He fulfilled the word of Isaiah: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; he suffered grief.” Isa. 53:10
Jesus is our best example. He said in Hebrews 10:9 “I have come to do Your will, Oh God.”
No one who does God’s will is ever a failure. As a soldier is to obey orders, so a Christian is to do the will of God. One who does God’s will from the heart will prove that God’s will is best.
May God give us the faith and dedication to pray this great petition: “…Not my will oh God but Yours, be done.”