Thy Will Be Done

Up near the start of the Model Prayer, we have this statement which is part of a larger statement: “Thy will be done…”.  Christians have said this millions upon millions of time during the two millennia since Christ walked the earth.  Jesus taught us to pray this and He prayed it and lived it.  We see Him in the Garden of Gethsemane saying to His Father, “not my will, but Thy will be done.”  The challenge with this important statement is that we often say this portion of the prayer and yet do something that is absolutely not the will of God at all—and we know it.  The Bible says that “judgment will start at the household of God”.  That is a statement which ought to give every Christian pause.  Let’s make certain that when we say, “Thy will be done” to God that we really mean for His will to be done.


Monday…Research the different types of “will” that God has.  You may look at what R.C. Sproul has to say about the decretive, determinative, prescriptive and permissive will of God for starters.  Pray that God will give you discernment as you study and research.


Tuesday…Consider this statement: “It is God’s will that everyone be saved.” (I Tim. 2:4) You will recognize this as Scripture, of course.  If it is God’s will that all be saved,   is it possible that God does not get what He wants and, if so, can the will of God be thwarted?


Wednesday…Jesus told us to ask, seek and knock.  These wonderful little verbs apply to a variety of situations.  Stop right now for a few moments and ask God to show you His will regarding your job, your house, your family, your future, your children and grandchildren, your habits, your hobbies, your thoughts, etc.  The fact is that God’s will allows us to be fulfilled in every area of life.  His will is best!


Thursday…Look up this verse:  “The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10). And these verses which teach us that our enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil (James 4:4, Romans 12:2, Gal. 5:13, I Peter 5:8). Have you ever thought what the devil’s will is for your life?  What does the world want for you?  What does your flesh desire?  We are in a battle of wills indeed!  We win the battle when we surrender our will to the will of God.


Friday…Why do people blame bad things on God’s will (death, storms, disease, war, etc…) by saying, “I guess that’s just God’s will”, and yet not give God proper credit for the wonderful things He works out in our lives?  Is it possible that God wants the very best for you and will work all things out for good? (Romans 8…read the whole chapter