There are deep teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. We call the prayer here “The Lord’s Prayer.” It would be more accurate to say it is the Lord’s pattern to help us pray in the right way. Many who are not saved pray. These prayers are asked amiss. Jesus teaches us how to pray from the heart. We can pray this well-rounded prayer, but the Lord doesn’t want us to recite to him. He wants us to use this pattern to talk to him. It must come from a believing heart with the real intent to have God’s will.
Matthew 6: 9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
It’s easy to say the phrase “thy will be done.” Often we use it thoughtlessly, but it’s a serious thing. When we consider what we’re saying, it means that we want God’s will over our own. If it conflicts with what we want, many times we question God and wonder what’s going on.
We should approach God as a child to a father. If we’ve been saved God is our heavenly Father. We must remember we are the children and the Father knows best. It’s critical to a good home that children obey their parents and that parents do what is best. It’s sad that many children can’t trust their parents. We don’t have to worry about God not doing what’s right by or for us. When we say “your will be done” we should really mean it.
God is on his throne and in control of all things. The devil is no match for God. The world is no match. We are to stay in God’s will. Address God as Father and lift his name up. Hallowed be thy name. Show respect. The first wish is God’s kingdom over any other. Have a heaven-bound attitude. To be with the Lord is better. Troubles and trials would be gone. We would be temptation free and devil free. Even in the Garden Jesus prayed for the Father’s will above his own. It takes a lot of courage to say that, but it should be our wish and goal. Are we ready to accept the answer? This is the only pattern that works. It’s more than being polite. We intend to do right, but we don’t always carry through. That’s not God’s fault. To do our own will we have to go over God’s. He’ll show us his will. We can know it.
“Thy will be done” is a verbal commitment to God. We’re saying we’re in agreement with what God wants in our life in any situation. We ask for our daily needs, but before we lay them out, we let God know we want his will to be done. Often we act like we can put God in a corner and force him to do what we want. You can take one verse and form any kind of belief you want. There are 66 books, not just one verse. Remember that John says we must ask according to God’s will. The answers will come, but they may not be how we wish. In afflictions some may find deliverance while others will die. Did those who died not have enough faith? No. God was answering according to his will. When the Lord takes someone home they receive the ultimate healing. We must come to terms with the fact that God knows best. His will is perfectly done in heaven and it should be here. Any time we have a request of God, he already knows it. He wants us to respect his overall will for our lives. God doesn’t have to do anything our way. That’s why we pray “thy will be done.”
We can be out of God’s will. We can be in his permissive will. The children of Israel had manna from heaven but complained asking for meat. God gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul. (Ps 106:15) They weren’t satisfied with the judges God sent to rule them. They wanted a king like other nations. God gave them their desire, but they suffered for it. We can be in the perfect will of God. If we let him have his will, he will perform it though us.
Sometimes we believe something is God’s will when it’s not. Just because I believe it doesn’t mean it is. You can’t gauge God’s will for your life by what’s going on in someone else’s. God may not expect the same of you as he does another person. Our guidebook is the Word of God. The will of God will never be contrary to his Word. We’re to trust what the Word says. Pray right. Don’t look at or to each other for God’s will. Look to God. His will is better. It is safer. When we use the Word, we’ll find God’s will.
We can ask God anything but need a readiness to accept whatever answers he gives. Be ready to give him glory. Let’s make it our daily life’s commitment. Not my will but thine be done. We’ll make it if we abide with the Lord.