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         I’ve got this prayer that I want answered really badly. What I mean is, there’s this thing I’m praying about and I want God to answer it my way. I want Him to do what I want.

          Yet as I’m praying I’m also saying, “But Lord, you are God and You know best, so let Your will be done.” And then I think, well, that’s not a very faith-filled prayer!  It doesn’t take much faith at all to pray God’s will be done! That’s easy.

         Elijah was this super strong faith-filled man of God. He challenged 450 prophets of Baal and proved them wrong and God right.  And as if that wasn’t bold enough…Elijah then told King Ahab it was going to rain. It hadn’t rained in three years and the famine was severe. Elijah promised rain to King Ahab and then prayed a prayer of faith for the rain to come. You know the story, Elijah sends his servant out seven times to look for signs of rain. After looking toward the sea and reporting NO CLOUDS six times, the seventh time the servant is sent to look, he sees a cloud the size of his hand. The cloud gets bigger and bigger and the conclusion of the story is this:

Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.                 1 Kings 18:45

          I’ll read a passage of scripture like that and become convinced that my prayers need to be ones that are dramatic requests. Prayers that prove that I am a woman of faith. Let’s show the world that God is great and I believe Him! Let’s ask for God to move in mighty and mysterious ways so that people are amazed!

          Is there anything wrong with those kinds of prayers?  Nope. Except that I’m not a prophet and God isn’t asking me to prove anything.

          So I find myself praying this prayer quite often, “Lord, let Your will be done. Whatever it is that You want to do in this situation, I want that, too. Let that happen.”

          And again I struggle with thinking, that prayer doesn’t take any faith at all. What an easy thing to pray. But, no. It’s not. It’s not an easy prayer. Because if I really mean it, and the answer comes and it doesn’t go my way, I can’t be disappointed. I can’t complain, I can’t even wish it were different. Because I asked for this. “Lord, whatever YOU want. Let YOUR WILL be done.” It means that I trust Him to have His way. I believe that He is right every time. I believe that He is faithful and loving in His answer. Even if the answer looks differently from the way I’d do it if I were God, which I’m not.

          Jesus had a prayer that He really wanted to be answered a certain way.

         “Abba, Father,” He said, “Everything is possible for You. Take this cup from me.”

          But Jesus also knew that His Father’s will was always the best answer. So His prayer immediately continued,

          “Yet not what I will, but what You will.”

And Jesus didn’t get what He wanted at first. The cup did NOT pass from Him. But the result of God saying “no” to Jesus’ request provided salvation for the whole world. I’m so thankful God’s will was done.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray this way.

This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

           God is not a vending machine. We can’t put in two “our Fathers” and three “hail Marys” and expect Him to jump at our bidding. Nope. He is the sovereign God of the universe who loves each of us with an everlasting love. He has a plan and we can’t manipulate it.

          Instead of asking God to change certain circumstances, maybe I should ask Him to change me. Change me so that I am happy with the answer You give to this prayer. Cause me to trust You in the outcome. I know that You know what is best.

          So that prayer that I want so badly to go my way? 

          Thy will be done.


         

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  1. So awesome! I was just reflecting on my childhood Sat. Thinking my Grandma Fay would read us Bible story books. My she was the one who first taught us to pray. She had came from a Catholic upbringing so she taught us The Lord’s Prayer when I was a small child.
    It was when I became older I realized how enriched that prayer was of the hear of God!

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