The Priority of His Will

Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV®)            

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’”

As Jesus instructs His followers on how to pray, He says that after honoring our Heavenly Father, we should ask for God’s will to be done on earth. When we pray that, I think we’re usually imagining that someone else who is not doing what God wants them to do will get it together and begin to do God’s will. But I think Jesus meant for us to pray that for ourselves too. Because the truth is that most of us don’t want to do God’s will; we want God to do our will. When we think and pray that way we miss the privilege of participating in the purposes God has for us. Wherever God has placed you right now, even as frustrating and challenging as your circumstances may be, there is no higher calling than saying, “God, I want to do Your will. I want to honor You in this place.” I don’t want to suggest that it will always be easy; but it will change your perspective on life, and you’ll be amazed at the plans God has for you.

THINK ABOUT IT

Are there dreams and hopes and plans you’ve held onto so tightly that they’ve minimized the space where God might work in your life? What would be required of you to lay them down before God and give Him first place in your priorities?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I choose Jesus as Lord of my Life. May Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Grant me a willing and submissive spirit that I might serve You without reservation. I choose Your truth for my life and ask that You would guard my heart from anything not of You. Thank You for Your love and faithfulness in my life and for the privilege of being a part of Your family. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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