A few days ago I post this picture on social media along with the lyric’s from Hillary Scott’s song, Thy Will. I have been wrestling with those words for weeks now. What does it mean to pray His will be done ?
Okay, so I know what it means. I understand that when I pray, “Thy will be done,” it suggest that we’re asking God to overrule our will if it’s not the same as His. However, so often the words tumble from my mouth with no personal commitment to them. Why ? Honestly…… Because it is hard. It is tough to pray because we’re born wanting our way, wanting our will. If you spend anytime in the nursery then you know the first word learned is “NO!” It is one they don’t even have to be taught.
There’s this conflict of wills. Each of us is born with our own will that wants to have things our way; and to come to the place where we bend or bow our will in subjection to the will of God and say, “Lord, Your will be done,” is not an easy thing to say. It’s not an easy thing to pray and accept the results.
Being able to pray thy will be done all with hope is based more on who we are praying to rather than who it is that is doing the praying. When we realize that we are praying to our Father. A Father who knows and loves us. The One we have a relationship with. A Father who cares for His children, who loves us, and who can be trusted—that helps us to say to that Father, “Lord, Your will be done.”
When your will crosses the will of God, and you say, “Not my will, but Yours be done,” you go to the cross. You die to your will, as Jesus demonstrated for us.