It is easy to pray for good things.
We want our loved ones to be healthy and safe.
We desire for our country to turn to God in repentance.
It is good to pray that our children will come to know and love Christ more deeply.
These are good things.
But do we have the courage to pray for something more?
This morning as I prayed it occurred to me that I was lacking something deeper in my prayers.
My prayer today seemed almost superficial.
So as I pondered this feeling, I realized what it was that was missing from my prayers…
In the prayer of our Lord, Christ gives us something better to ask for:
He asks that God’s kingdom will come and that his will be done.
This request requires trust in God.
This is a request for God to do things beyond what I can ask or imagine.
This request redefines my expectation of what is good.
It boldly proclaims that God has better plans for my life than I do.
When you and I pray this prayer we don’t fully know what this might mean for our lives.
I limit my prayers when I only ask for what I can conceive.
Praying for God’s will to be done requires faith and trust well beyond the limits of what I think is good.
Do you, do I, have the courage to ask for God’s will to be done?
Four years ago, I asked God how I could make better use of my time.
God answered by inspiring me to start my painting business, Humpty Dumpty Mural Magic.
My response was…
“OK, but where and how do I begin?”
My answer was to just pick up my paintbrush and do what I love to do…paint~
The rest was in his hands, and not for me to worry about.
So, I picked up my brush, and four years later, I have a successful painting business that I am very proud of.
I have learned to depend on God’s comfort and strength in ways that I had not thought possible.
When my son died, God turned our lives upside down and made us to see time from a completely different perspective.
I learned that, we are immortal, but our memories and the love we feel for each other is Eternal.
I learned that I could share the beauty that my son brought into my life, by sharing my talents with others.
So, today I realized that, once again, I have been asking the Lord for “MY” will to be done, not “HIS” .
And that is what was lacking from my prayer today.
Your kingdom come, your will be done.
This is a prayer that will change your life.
Paul reminds us of the wonder of asking for God’s will to be done in our lives:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love him…”
I Corinthians 2:9
I think we sell God short in our prayers when we only ask for things that seem to good to us.
So today, take a moment to pause in your day, and ask God what “HIS” will for your life is.
Have the courage to pray deeply today.