The most famous prayer that Jesus ever prayed on Earth is found in Matthew 6:9-13. We all know this as the “Lord’s Prayer.” In this prayer, we find a sentence that most of us often proclaim in our personal prayer lives: “your will be done.” When we say your will be done, we’re basically asking God to have His way. We’re inviting Him to do whatever it is that He pleases. We’re admonishing Him to do what He knows is best for the particular situation that we’re praying for. As a husband it is important that I seek God’s will to be done in my life, my wife’s life and our family.
But should I really be praying “Your will be done”?
In many cases, NO.
Now that answer probably surprised you. I expected it to. But I’ll show you why we shouldn’t be so quick to pray Your will be done.
Notice before Jesus prays the “Lord’s Prayer” in Matthew 6:9, he states:
This, then, is how you should pray…
He says this is how you should pray, not what you should pray. In other words, the “Lord’s Prayer” is the model we should follow when praying, but we aren’t to pray that exact prayer word for word. Otherwise, every time we get on our knees, we’d be saying the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over (you get the point) again! We would sound like broken records. God doesn’t want to hear repetitive prayers. He loves us to be specific when we pray, not vague.
So rather than praying your will be done all the time, we should instead,
Pray according to His will!
In order to pray according to God’s will, we have to know what His will is, don’t we? How in the world can we ever know the will of our Almighty God?
Read His Word.
God’s Word (the Bible) is filled with God’s will. It’s filled with His plans and desire for our lives and this world! When we learn to pray according to His will, we’re actually boldly praying His Word!
Let me give you an example:
A few years ago, when my wife (Tia) and I were still dating, we were just about ready to head to a church service. We were sitting in my car outside of her parents house. I was in the driver seat and she was in the passenger seat. Before I started the car, her back started hurting really bad. It hurt so much that she was curled over in pain. I couldn’t stand seeing her in that kind of pain! I couldn’t just keep sitting there watching her endure that. My faith overcame me and God lead me to pray.
Now, I had two roads I could take when praying. I could either:
- Pray Lord, Your will be done.
- Or, I could pray according to God’s will, by praying His Word.
I chose to pray according to God’s will.
I knew what God’s will said in regards to healing. Isaiah 53:5 tells us that by Jesus’ stripes (or wounds) that we are healed! Matthew 8:16-17 tells us that Jesus carried our infirmities and sicknesses for us! 1 John 3:8 tells us that Jesus came and destroyed the works of the devil! Sicknesses, diseases, ailments, etc., are the work of the devil (along with many other things)!
I knew the will of God concerning my wife’s back pain. According to His Word, His will was that she be healed! So instead of praying your will be done, I laid my hand on her back and prayed; commanding that her back pain be removed. I reminded God of His Word by reciting Scriptures that dealt with healing.
I was praying according to His will!
In that same moment when I was praying, she lifted her head up and told me that the back pain was gone! She told me that it felt like a rush of water went flowing down her back and that’s when the pain was removed. I didn’t have water in my hand, nor was her back sweating. The feeling of water and miraculous healing came from the power of God! By praying according to God’s will, I was being specific, my faith was unfeigned and it elevated the power and influence of my prayer!
Is there something that you desperately need? Money to pay your bills? Perhaps, you may need a special connection to save your business. Whatever that need is, you don’t have to pray Your will be done! Philippians 4:19 already states,
My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.
When you have a need that needs to be met, be specific! Tell God His Word says He’ll supply all of your needs and be direct about what those needs are. God obviously knows what your needs are before you pray, but prayer opens up the door for God to move on your behalf!
Specific prayers are more powerful than vague prayers!
Your will be done is a prayer of uncertainty.
I don’t mean that in a negative connotation. However, praying Your will be done, is telling God that you’re uncertain of what His will is and that you need direction. There’s nothing wrong with being uncertain at times. There are times when we have very specific situations occur in our lives that aren’t directly pointed out in the Bible. For instance, if you have to decide between going to L.A. to minister or Chicago, you may not know what to do. That’s when you pray, Your will be done, and ask God to direct you into making the right decision. There are many other scenarios in which you will have to pray Your will be done. But just be sure there isn’t an answer for your situation already detailed in God’s Word.
Ladies and gentlemen, God’s will is very important. It’s vital that we read His Word on a daily basis so that we can expand our knowledge on what His will is. The more we know about His will, the more powerful our prayers will become.
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