How many times have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer saying the words but not really paying attention? You were going through the motions just to get it done.
Don’t worry I have done it many times myself. You’re not alone.
In this series we are studying the part, “God, Your Will be done.” We pray it but how well do we really understand what we are asking God in it?
What does it look like practically when we say these words in our prayers?
What are we actually asking God to do?
There is so much packed into this phrase. We are turning to God the Father seeking for His plan to be done here on Earth. We are not telling God what to do but rather, we are seeking to know what He is perfect plan is for us and the world.
We are submitting ourselves to His leadership, His authority.
As we authentically pray this petition we acknowledge an unawareness of the future while knowing God fully knows. We wrestle with our desire to be in control, aware of all of the details before we ever take a step forward. As we open our hearts to the Holy Spirit we begin to discover God’s amazing plan.
In this series we will explore seeking God’s Will from a variety of perspectives. As we authentically pray for God’s Will we will study how we are transformed from the inside out. As a result our own faith journeys are impacted on a daily basis. Our eyes become more fixed on Jesus to see where He is going and to learn at His feet.
Even our perspective on seeing the world changes. We do not see others as we have seen them. We begin to see others as God sees them.
Each of these changes can only occur when we surrender ourselves wholly to God. It is an initial surrender, one time event. It is also a daily surrender. A turning away from our past lives without Jesus to return to God alone.
We do not seek God’s Will alone. We seek it in community with fellow disciples of Jesus. We become united as one body. We do not allow differences to separate us. We can begin to see differences as opportunities to learn from each other about how God is moving in this world.
It is my prayer that as we embark on this exploration our eyes see anew what has been in front of us all along. May we draw closer to God and thereby one another as we surrender to God daily. The Holy Spirit is moving in this world. I pray we partake in the Spirit’s movement as God has called and equipped each of us to do so.
This Week’s Challenge
Pay this prayer in the morning as you begin your day:
“God, Your Will be done. Open my eyes to see where You are moving. Use me to further Your Kingdom here on Earth. Enable me to serve humbly and faithfully. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Throughout the day write down the times God has shown You His Will being done.