Forced Reality

How great is Your goodness that You have stored up for those who fear You.—Psalm 31:19

Whenever we pray, we are to pray in accordance with God’s will. One Greek scholar says that the words “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” can be paraphrased in this way: “Your will, whatever You wish to happen, let it happen—as in heaven so in earth.”

In other words: “God, do what You want.” It’s not easy to pray this way. If anyone thinks it is, then it is probably because they have never really sounded the true depths of self-interest within their own hearts. It’s hard sometimes to pray, “Your will be done,” when we know that if God has His way, we will not get our way.

Has this difficulty ever presented itself to you? The basic reason for this conflict is due to the major problem of the human heart—self-centeredness. Paul, when describing a self-centered life and its results in Romans 6:21, ends by asking this question: “What fruit was produced then from the things you are now ashamed of?” The end was zero. That is the inevitable end of a self-centered life—nothing. The major thing that stands in the way of God performing His will in our lives utterly and completely is just that—self-centeredness.

Jesus knew, as we now do, that if we are to become effective in prayer, then we must face up to the question: whose will comes first—mine or God’s? I must be willing to say: “God, do what You want.” That is the bottom line in prayer.


Gracious Father, I am grateful for the gentle and loving way You are putting Your finger on the obstacles in my life. Give me the attitude that puts Your will first and my will second. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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