What It Takes to Pray “Your Will Be Done”

Yesterday was the third week of our series called Pray exploring the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. The message yesterday was that we should be praying as servants of the King (you can listen to it here). Praying in this way includes praying for God’s will to be done in our lives. Yesterday I offered five things that it takes to pray this difficult prayer. Here they are:

Humility

“Lord you have heard my prayer. Yet, I know that you know better than me. I know that you know what is best for me. I know that you see all things and that you know all things. And I know that your plan is perfect. So let your will be done in my life.”

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

Submission

“Lord you have heard my prayer. Yet, I know that you are King. I know that you desire that I obey and follow you even when it is difficult. And I know that I am not in control of my life; you are. So let your will be done in my life.”

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
Luke 22:41-42 (ESV)

Confidence

“Lord you have heard my prayer. And I know that you ready and willing to answer my prayer. I know that your Word tells me your will. And I know that you promise to answer according to your will. So let your will be done in my life.”

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
1 John 5:14 (ESV)

Watchfulness

“Lord you have heard my prayer. Yet, I know that with you a thousand years is like a day. I know that you will answer according to your perfect will and timing. I know that your answer will come as I wait and watch for it. So let your will be done in my life.”

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

Peace

“Lord you have heard my prayer. And I know that you hear and are near to me. I know that you know what I need even before I ask you. And I know that your comfort gives me peace as I pray. So let your will be done in my life.”

…The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7 (ESV)

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