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Hello to another beautiful day that has been given to us by God! Today, we will continue with our book, When You Pray, by the author Philip Graham Ryken. Which we will look at chapter 7, Your Will Be Done.
As per usual, the author provides us with a verse, coming from John 6:38: "For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."
The third petition of the Lord's Prayer, as the title suggests is, "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Up until now, the prayer has been about God and for His name, kingdom, and will. And from this point forward, we will be praying for ourselves, for our provision, pardon, and our protection. It is the third petition that brings the Lord's Prayer down to earth, moving from our Father up in heaven to his children on earth. And as the Westminster Catechism writes, "In the third petition, we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, as the angels do in heaven."
It is important that we know of the angels in heaven and how they act and behave. Coming from Psalms 103:19-21, it reads, "The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will." When doing the work of God, the angels are on a whole different level from us, for these angels are not slackers. These angels in heaven never go on strike, never call in sick, show up late, or take long breaks. Angels never complain and they work as well as they can, as fast as they can, and they do it in joy. Whatever the command, when the LORD speaks, they reply, "Your will be done."
And when we pray the way Jesus taught us to pray, we ask God to help us do his work on earth the way the angels do in heaven. We can be sure that God will hear us and answer our petition. Just as God's kingdom must come, so his will too will be done. As John Calvin points out, among the first three petitions of the Lord's Prayer, "there is a great affinity and likeness. The hallowing of God's name is always attached to His reign, and the chief feature of His reign is to be acknowledged in the doing of His will." We can be confident that if God answers one of our petitions, then He will surely answer the others, for as John Calvin points out, all petitions are connected. And wherever God's kingdom comes, there his will be done.
God also does what he wills in our redemption. From the very beginning, God's plan of salvation is according to the will of his eternal decree. It was God's will to choose a people in Christ before the very foundations of this world. This is told to us in Ephesians 1:5, "In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." It is God's will to justify sinners by faith, and then to sanctify them through the Word and Spirit. And because it is in his will to save his people, God also wills for us to be safe until the very end. Jesus Christ says in 6:39-40, "And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. "
And on that last day, the will of God will be done on earth as it is now done in heaven. And his will must be done. The Bible clearly teaches us that God is the one "who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will." (Ephesians 1:11) And so, our prayer for God's will to be done will not go unanswered. For, like all the other prayers in Scripture, it is based on the solid foundation of divine promise.
However, in our current time, at this very moment, God's will is not always done on earth. Through the Scripture, the will of God is revealed to us. Yet, when it is revealed, many people choose to turn away from it. In our sinful nature, we do not want to obey the command of God's revealed will. Rather, we want to have our own way rather than God's way. Ever since Adam committed the first sin, we have all inherited such sinful nature. And simply, we cannot follow God's will because we are bound by the chains of selfishness, the love for ourselves rather than God.
And this selfish desire affects our prayers. The author tells us of a rather comedic but true story that happened to his brother-in-law. While his brother-in-law was singing the Lord's Prayer, instead of the words "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done," he sang, "My kingdom come, my will be done." And like the brother-in-law's words, that's how a lot of us come into prayer. Deep down, we don't want for ourselves to do the will of God, but rather for God to do our will.
So we need the third petition of the Lord's Prayer to show us how wrong it is to think of prayer as a way of getting something from God. Our prayers shouldn't be a shopping list, or a list that a child would sent to Santa. There are too many Christians with the belief that if they offer the right kind of prayer, they can get what they want, they can swindle God. However, such an attitude ultimately leads to hell. C. S. Lewis points out that there are only two kinds of people in the end: those that want God's will to be accomplished and those that want their own will to be accomplished with disregard of God's will.
When you really think about, why would anyone want to change God's mind? The Bible says that his will is "good, pleasing and perfect." Imagine how much chaos would occur if God always did what we wanted him to do. For unlike God's will, our own wills are evil, displeasing, and imperfect. Rather, it is much better if we actually did the will of God, for simply put, our heavenly Father knows best. And Darrel Guder puts it perfectly, "Prayer is not about getting what we want - the fulfillment of our will; it is about learning what God wants - the bending of our will to God's will." And the way we can learn what God wants is by praying the third petition of the Lord's Prayer, in which we give up what our hearts desire to embrace his heart's desire.
Before we can go any further, we must also realize that praying the Lord's Prayer is not always safe. When we pray, "Your will be done," we are yielding to God his right to do as he pleases. Often, that means praying for things that we are not sure we want, or may not want at all. This prayer is a type of prayer that might lead to suffering and even death.
Why would I give such a "scary" synopsis concerning the third petition? Because it's true. And our greatest example is in the life of Jesus Christ, or rather, the death of Jesus Christ. Jesus always did what God told him to do. His only purpose in life was to submit to the will of his Father in heaven. He came to do what we refused to do, which is to obey the will of God. Jesus taught whatever God wanted him to teach. He performed whatever miracles God empowered him to perform. Doing God's will was like daily bread to him. We can see this in John 4:34, when Jesus says, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." For Jesus, doing God's will was life.
And Jesus' greatest surrender to God's will was in his death. The Bible teaches that Jesus "became obedient to death - even death on a cross." To really understand the cost of that obedience, one must view Jesus Christ the night before he was crucified. The prayers he offered in that garden must have been agonizing. This we can see from Matthew 26:38, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death."
And it was in the Garden of Gethsemane, that night, Jesus wrestled with God's will for his life and his death. In Matthew 26:39, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me." Jesus knew exactly what was to come the next day, and the cup was filled with God's wrath against sin that Jesus was told to take upon himself. Jesus knew that through his crucifixion, he would have to bear the full weight of God's holy fury against sin. And in doing so, Jesus would be separated from the fellowship he had enjoyed with his Father from all eternity.
However, even when Jesus was in the face of death, which he knew about, he still prayed the prayer he taught us. In Matthew 26:39 it reads, "Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'" And again, in verse 42, "He went away a second time and prayed, 'My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.'"
We must realize the weight of the prayer and not pray it with a light heart. When Jesus prayed for God's will to be done, he was committing himself to die for our sins. And as we know, after he had said his prayers, Jesus allowed himself to be handed over to unjust men, men who had him betrayed, tried, convicted, mocked, beaten, and executed. And yet, through these terrible events, his prayers were answered. God's will was done. For it was the Father's will that the Son should suffer and die for our sins. The crucifixion of Christ was God's plan for the salvation of sinners. And because it was God's will, it was the answer to the prayer Jesus made for God's will to be done. Just as Jesus' petition is the pattern for our prayers, we are to also come to God in his submission as our model for surrender.
And so first, we must submit to god's will for our salvation. To pray, "Your will be done," we are to admit that we need to be saved. For when we pray for God to do his will, we are admitting that we do not always do it. And if it is true that we do not do God's will, then we are sinners, and so we need salvation.
God's mercy and saving grace are only given to us through faith in Jesus Christ. Submitting ourselves to God begins with putting our faith in Christ. It means believing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and trusting that he was raised from the dead to give us eternal life. And we cannot hold back. We must submit to God's will in everything that we do, not anything. If we were to only follow God's will when it seems favorable to us, then we will never have to surrender at all. And so, if we want new life in Christ, we must take up God's will in everything, and throw away our own.
Submitting to God's will for our salvation is only the beginning of our submission. Submitting to God's will also means we are to accept the way God made us, with all our strengths as well as our weaknesses. God has a will for our creation, and even sometimes we might question it, we must believe that He made us the way we are for a reason. And we are to accept and respond to God by saying, "Lord, if this is who you made me to be, then your will be done."
Submitting to God's will also means living by His Word. God has a will for our sanctification, our progress in personal holiness. By following his instructions, we show that we are one of his true children. Jesus says in Matthew 12:50, "Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister." And so we must ask God to sanctify us by His Word, to "[e]quip us with everything good for doing his will, and... work in us what is pleasing to him," as read in Hebrews 13:21. For as we keep God's law, He will work in us to do His will and to act according to his good purpose.
If we want to know what God wants for us to do, the first question we must ask ourselves is "Am I willing to do it?" The Lord has a plan for each and every one of us, however the problem is that we choose not to follow through with his plan and rather go through with our own. And there is no sense asking for God to reveal his will for our life unless we are committed to doing what he wants done. This is where the Lord's Prayer helps us. Even though we do not know God's will for our future, we can still pray about it. And the more we pray for God's will to be done, the more we are to yield ourselves to it.
Which concludes chapter 7, Your Will Be Done, in which I hope you have been able to fully understand the lesson of the third petition and that you are also able to understand what must be done for us to yield to God's will. I also hope that you are able to come to God, as Jesus Christ has, and for us all to be able to do what is pleasing in God's eyes. Thank you!