I listen to some people talk about their prayers and cringe! The way they talk, God can be ordered around – even “commanded” in their words. It seems their prayers are characterized by independence (rather than dependence), aggressiveness, and a self-assertive attitude. I believe that kind of approach to God is unbiblical, dangerous, and inevitably will lead to disillusionment, disappointment and even sin.
How much better is prayer that seeks to align itself with the will of God, submit to His leadership, thankfully accept His gracious provision, and embrace His purposes! Don’t get me wrong, we’re encouraged to come to Him with faith, articulate our requests, and trust Him to answer our prayers. But NOWHERE in Scripture are we discouraged from praying, “Thy will be done!” – In fact, prayers that end like that are encouraged (even modeled by our Savior! Check out Luke 22:42).
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read these inspired words in 1 John 5:14-15…
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him; if we ask ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”
So I intend to pray in faith, making my requests known to Him… But I also want to seek to align my desires with His will, embrace His purposes, and accept to His wise provision! Hey, there’s nothing wrong – and everything right – about praying, “Thy will be done!” Father Tim, in the Mitford Series novels, calls it “the prayer that never fails!” I like that!