saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”Luke 22:42 NKJV
In a recent sermon by Yana Conner she said this, “In the incarnation of Christ, we get the gift we always needed but never thought to ask for.” In this season of Christmas as we celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus in the flesh, Yana draws our mind to remember that Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior was given to us to come and die for our sins and restore our relationship with God, an invaluable gift of a Savior we did not forsee that we needed yet God knew that we needed Christ. God’s will for humanity from the beginning of time has always been to restore us back to himself and in God’s time His was fulfilled through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s will falls into two aspects (1) God’s will as His word that He requires of us to live by. For example the commandments, His teachings on righteous and holiness. (2) God’s will as His sovereign power over all things. God’s ability to cause all things to manifest according to His plan and purpose.
In this post, I want to urge us to focus on the second aspect of trusting and praying God’s will i.e his sovereign power to manifest His plan and purpose in our lives.
In Luke 22:42, our Lord Jesus Christ teaches us about the power in praying God’s will. God’s will coming to pass in our lives looks like getting what we needed but never thought to ask for it. When God’s will comes to pass in your life, He makes it all make sense, every intricate detail of your life is taking into consideration to manifest a greater glory of God that you never would have conceived in all your thinking or imagination.
Praying God’s will requires absolute trust and dependence in our Father God. Our Lord Jesus Christ had absolute trust and faith in God that through the sacrifice and pain that He was going to experience, He had faith that God’s will was best.
At a quick glance into our lives we clearly see the needs that will bring us some sort of peace, joy and hope. And so in our prayers we come to God with our endless prayer requests which is absolutely fine because His word requires us to do so, to seek, to ask and to knock. The word of God stresses the importance of releasing all our burdens on Christ for He cares for us. Letting God’s know our needs and desires is very essential for the Fathers loves to hear from His children. The key in that is after we have offloaded all that we could ever ask, think or imagine. We ought to always end with a demonstration of our faith and trust in God by saying “in all of these I trust that not my will but your will be done.”
Let’s back out of the negative mentality that praying God’s will is like throwing in the towel (i.e. giving up). In fact praying God’s will is the greatest demonstration of faith in God that God has the best purpose and plan.
Beloved in Christ, I am urging us to pray God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven just like our Lord Jesus taught us in the Lord’s Prayer (Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven). After we have prayed God’s will, let obey God’s will/ His word, trust and wait on Him. It may seem that it is taking too long, or even God is silent but we ought to always trust that even when we can’t see, God is working. Have faith in God and always know that God’s perfect will always work out perfectly for our good and to the glory of His name. Be blessed and Merry Christmas!