I know we are taught to pray, “Thy will be done”, but have we taken it too far? Yes, that was the prayer of Jesus in the Garden, but have we used that one instance in Jesus’ personal prayer life too liberally? If we compare that scene with the countless stories of people petitioning to God, the stats don’t add up on the side of “if it be your will Lord” or “thy will be done”.
I too want the Lord’s will to be done over mine. I am not suggesting that I desire a different outcome, but as I read through the Scripture I see a lot more people believing that that the Lord will rescue, or heal , or show up, than I see pray, “thy will be done.”
Take for instance, 2 Chron 20 (See the full story(Click here) These guys are about to be taken out. They are drastically overpowered and outnumbered to the point where they don’t even know what to do. “Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us.’ For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but (P)our eyes are on You.” (2 Chron 20:9 &12)
Did you see it? “You will hear us and you will deliver us.” This is their prayer! Their prayer is not, “If it be your will, Lord please hear us, Lord please deliver us.” As if that is not enough, they go on to say, “We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” Wow, talk about belief! They believe who God is, what He is capable of, and they realize that their only hope is in him. Oh that we would pray with such confidence…