The Lord's Prayer
Your Will Be Done
Our Father, which is in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come, Your will be done. What a relief it is to get past always wanting one's own will to be done. It is such a hassle to always have to struggle with one's flesh over every little, nit–pickin' thing.
I have gotten to the place where I finally can say to the Lord in my heart when I come to this part of the prayer, "Yes, Lord, let Your will be done because Your ideas are better than mine." I have seen it happen time and time again that, when I have been disappointed in my expectations, but in obedience to the Lord I thanked Him in those situations, what He worked out was better than what I had in mind.
That does not mean that I have total victory over my flesh. Far from it, as far as my experience goes, though legally, in the Anointed Lord Yeshua, we have victory over everything. A lot of His triumph still has to be appropriated and implemented in my life. I am just saying that, by the grace of God, I am not quite the big baby that I used to be.
It helps me to every now and then to let my spirit boss my soul around by saying to the Lord, "I give my will to You. I command my soul to give You all the keys to all the kingdoms of my heart. I want to be Yours 100%. I invite You to invade my soul and completely take it over. You have the legal right."
I have served notice on all the warlords in my flesh that I am in cahoots with Yeshua to establish His reign in my soul. I am aiming for perfect, as my Father in Heaven is perfect, and being holy as my Father in Heaven is holy. The Bible tells us to be this way, and the only way to get that way is to refrain from our own works and appropriate, by faith, Yeshua's victory on our behalf over the world, the flesh, and the devil.
I am not saying that I don't still balk at some of the stuff that God tells me to do, and don't still disobey Him, like when He tells me to not eat candy at all, unless it is made from healthy ingredients. I have gone for years without eating sweets other than honey or natural syrups, but many times I have fallen away from divine dietary diligence.
God cares about everything that we are concerned about, and He cares even more than we do about us being healthy. He is a good Daddy and doesn't want us to ruin our health and our looks through self–indulgence, so He says to do all things in moderation. That is clearly His will, but how many of us are moderate about everything?
Come on, brothers and sisters. Let's everybody make it a habit to say the Lord's Prayer every day. It must be the most powerful prayer in the world, since it is the only one that Yeshua taught when His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray. He gave us only this one prayer to bring us all into unity, regardless of how we differ in doctrines that are not essential to salvation.
We need the Lord's help to deal with everything in our life, both big and small. This part of the prayer does not apply only to ministry efforts. It applies to every part of our lives; we should be obedient to Him in everything. Praying this prayer, keeping in mind that it is a prayer for the whole Body and not just for us, is an intercession to help our brothers and sisters to be obedient, as well, and to bring more people to salvation.
It helps to meditate on how Yeshua won the victory for us so that we can say to God, "Not my will, but Yours be done." I certainly do not agree with everything Larry Huch teaches, but he writes some really good things about the blood of Yeshua in his book Free At Last.
He said that the blood that Yeshua shed in the Garden of Gethsemane when He struggled with His revulsion towards sin, and His horror at losing His sense of connection to the Father when He would have to bear our sins, turned back the curse of willfulness in human nature that came into the world when Adam said to God in the Garden of Eden, "Not Your will, but mine be done." Larry Huch said that we can apply this blood to addictions, and I think he has a really good point.
I recommend his book, in spite of the heresy about tithing. Pastors seem to have a problem trusting God more and getting past that, but maybe I would, too, if I was a pastor. Larry Huch seems to have missed his own point that the blood that Yeshua shed when He wore the crown of thorns turns back the curse of poverty. There is plenty of good stuff in there, though. It is the best teaching that I have ever heard regarding the blood of Yeshua.
Again I am inspired by Larry Lea, who placed an emphasis on the last word of this part of the prayer. "Your will be done!" He had a good point. We should not stew about it and put it off; we need to get right on the ball as soon as the Lord tells us what and when. He knows when doors are opening and closing in the spirit realm, when people are ready to receive and when opportunities for reaching them will be lost.
There is also an application in this for getting tough with demonic powers that seemingly are delaying God's angels from getting through with the answers to our prayers. It boosts our confidence in receiving when we know that what we prayed for is what God wanted us to pray; not something foolish we asked for to gratify our selfish lusts.
It is probably a good idea at this point to have a pen and paper handy, and ask the Lord, "What is Your will for me today, what is Your will for me in the future, and what would You like for me to pray about? Who else do You want me to pray for and what should I pray for them?" Yeshua didn't say that we had to pray the whole prayer through without stopping. It is perfectly okay, even preferable, to slow down, ponder, take notes, and pray specifically for whatever is on His heart at the moment.
We need to make sure that it really is God who we are hearing, His agenda we are praying, that our will is not attached to the will of someone we admire or feel we need, who is pushing for their will to be done.
I worked for a Christian who used to get me to pray with him. One of the things he prayed was that his wife would work with him in his workshop. His wife hated working in the workshop. She hated office work, too, which is why she got him to hire me. She felt she had enough to do to keep house, look after their children, and try to find time to write her autobiography. To pray for something that is against the will of another person, to manipulate them through prayer, is a type of witchcraft. Sometimes satan answers prayers that are outside of divine order, if it suits him to do so, and if God lets him. When we came to that part of the prayer, I said to the Lord in my mind, "Skip that part; I agree with the rest."
In the case of that man's wife, he should have said, "Lord, I would like it if she helped in the workshop because I wouldn't have to pay her, but Your will be done." If God felt that helping out in the shop was more important than the other things she had to do, He could have changed how she felt about it.
I used to think that office work was boring and scored zero on clerical aptitudes the first time I took a test to decide on a career. The results pointed towards being a Bible teacher, but it was not feasible at that time. A secondary aptitude resulted in taking a course in Floral Design. Years later, an accountant told me she found her work exciting, that it was like being a detective to figure out where some money went.
It took a few years of pondering her statement, but I eventually changed my mind, as I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan. I took Business Management at a community college, scored high on all my assignments and tests, and loved doing office work. I've got an aptitude for orderliness, but I've always been artistic and did volunteer work in that line, so I don't think anyone prayed for God to change my mind about clerical work. It was just part of God's plan for my life, so He helped me adjust to it. The Bible says that the Holy Spirit works in us to will and to do His good pleasure. [Philippians 2:13]
Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
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