“Thy will be done….”
These are words for those who would listen. A prayer to our Father who dwells in heaven. We are praying that His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Do you suppose our prayer concerning His will can be less generic? Can we know the will of God and pray effective prayers?
Do we find ourselves immobile, uncertain of God’s will? Faith is being sure. Can we know God’s will so that His power is revealed? Power that effects the lives and circumstances of those “on earth.” I believe we can.
Jesus lived to do His Father’s will. Do you suppose it is possible to know our Father’s will in every situation that we find ourselves in? Jesus did! And this is why. “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater things, so that you will marvel.” (John 5:20)
“The Father loves the Son.” Are we not sons and daughters too? “For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35) It is important to know God’s will so we can do it. Praise God, He sent His Son to tell us His will. It starts this way, “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I myself will raise him up on that last day. (John 6:40)
We are not orphans. We are members of God’s family when we believe those words. Weak members who need to be taught to know the thoughts, and to do the ways of God. “Teach me to do your will, for You are my God; let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10) One of my favorite verses is John 16:13. I know that Jesus was talking to His disciples. Are we not disciples too? “But when He the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth;…..”
I believe it is God’s will that we learn and do His will. To pray, “Thy will be done” starts in the one praying. I’m glad that the “Spirit intercedes according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27), and that the word of God keeps us humble. “Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5)