THE BOLDNESS OF “THY WILL BE DONE”
“My Father, if it be possible,
let this cup pass from me;
nevertheless, not as I will,
but as you will.”
When the Lord Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he taught them to say, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Mt.6:10).” To pray for the Lord’s will to be done is a bold prayer. Unfortunately, it is easy to utter these words without meaning and without fully understanding the implications should the Lord respond.
Understanding the will of the Lord and to boldly ask for it is the pathway towards a vibrant and intimate prayer life. Sometimes, however, instead of boldness we come before the Lord mindlessly and with false humility. We are like that friend we all know who, when it’s time to order from a restaurant, is indecisive and in resignation just says, “I’ll have what you’re having.” Well, Jesus is having the cross with joy on the side, do you really want what Jesus is having?
When we ask for God’s will to be done, we have to recognize that His will may be different from ours. Praying in this manner commands vulnerability before God. Most commonly,we are mindless in asking for God’s will is because we are ashamed to tell God what we truly desire.
Jesus is God. He knew the Father and what He wanted. He Himself said that He came to do the Father’s will (John 4:34; 6:38). He knew what the Father’s will is – to crush him, to put Him in our place, and make his life a guilt offering (Is. 53:10). Jesus knew this and it caused Him great grief, so he prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will (Mt.26:39).”
Jesus was not ashamed to come before The Father and tell Him what His true heart’s desire is. His heart was laid bare. He did not mindlessly say,“Your will be done.” Jesus admitted what He truly longed for and it was in that posture, by the power of the Holy Spirit that He joyfully yielded His will to The Father (Hebrews 12:2).
Think about what God wants, think about what you want. It is only then that in joy, you may surrender your will to God.
What do you truly want? Go ahead and tell God! Do not be afraid to tell God that you want a promotion. Do not be afraid to tell God that you are lonely. Do not mask your heart with pretentiousness and the easy escape of saying to God, “I’m having what You’re having.”
Contemplate God’s will. Do you know what God wants? Remember that Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Mt. 16:24).”
This is God’s will, would you cheerfully yield to it?