A few years ago James Dobson wrote a book on how to discipline a strong willed child. We know what he meant. Some children seem to have a VERY strong will and disciplining such a child presents a serious challenge. You probably have noticed that many people have a strong will…including you and me…when it comes to certain issues. Having a strong will can be a positive, of course. It allows for decisive decision making and strong self discipline. A strong will can also be a recipe for disaster as one may not ask for advice or may become myopic. A key component for the Christian life is the surrender of one’s will. This is not easily done!
Monday…Remember Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (called “Gethsemane” because there was an olive press located there whereby the oil was extracted from the olives which grew there on the Mount of Olives)? Jesus’ prayer essentially was, “Not my will, Father, but Thy will be done.” Jesus surrendered His will to the will of the Father. We are to do the same.
Tuesday…When Jesus gave the model prayer, He was careful to include “Thy will be done…” We Christians are to make that a daily prayer offering to God. When we give up our will, it is so much easier to be submissive to the will of God.
Wednesday…Have you noticed that God’s ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9)? Do you think it possible that since He is God, His will may be better for our lives than our own preferences may be? Trust Jesus when He teaches us that His Father’s desires for us will be better for us than our own desires will be.
Thursday…It is an amazing fact that God is absolutely sovereign and yet we have free will. Theologians have pondered this seemingly oxymoronic truth for centuries. The wise individual, though possessed of free will, will surrender individual will for the choices God would make for us. God will not violate our free will. That would make us automatons. God will strongly suggest, though, that we let Him have the driver’s seat.
Friday…Aren’t you glad that you did not have every prayer you offered answered in the way you thought things should go? Remember that boy or girl you prayed would marry you when you were a teen? Aren’t you glad that did not happen?! The simple fact is that God can run our lives better than we can. What we think we want is often not in our best interest at all. Give your life to God including your will!