13 Day Devotional – Day 10

Isn’t it odd when we pray and our human nature often creeps up and our prayers can often come out in different forms of “give me this” or “please make this happen for me”? It can be a scary thing to ask God’s Will to be done instead of what we want – especially if we don’t trust His idea of what may be ‘good’. If our instinct is to control and cover our own desires – how can we break the cycle?

Jewish tradition was to pray scripture. In Matthew 6:9-10, Christ continues this tradition and laid out a perfect example of how we should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”

We see later on in Matthew 26:42, when Christ is in the garden just before He was going to be taken away to be crucified, He prays that the Will of the Father, not His own, happen. And He prayed this knowing His life was on the line.

The challenge Christ gives and models for us is this:

1) Despite the circumstance, trust God’s long-term plan
2) Pray God’s Will and not our own
3) Live it out

I’ll leave you with a great quote from C.S. Lewis who hits the nail on the head about the importance of prayer in his novel “The Great Divorce”:

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell chose it.”

-Thomas Lipscomb @tslipscomb