Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thy Will Be Done

Not how we typically pray, eh?  I can recall too many times in my life, stuck at a crossroads in which "thy will be done" was easier prayed than believed. The Lord's Prayer is something that we learn as children (or at least should learn!) and grow up reciting, often weekly in corporate worship services.  Sometimes it's just words, but over these last years, it's becoming more than just words - it's becoming more of a challenge in my daily faith walk.
As I continue to age physically and mature spiritually, I begin to see the point of why we're called to pray that way, but it surely doesn't get easier.  Through my life experiences, our faith has been tried and tried and tried over again, and you almost wonder what the Lord is doing to us - torture? And as Christians, we all know that is exactly what he is NOT doing, but it is so hard to understand that, especially in the moment.  We've lost loved ones, suffered financially, and gone down different paths than where we thought we would go.  But yet, we're still called to pray for HIS will to be done.

My heart is so heavy today for some dear friends of ours who have really been through the ringer. It hasn't just been a season of down and outs - but one of temporary and beautiful hope that leads to despair on some days.  Their faith has been strengthened over and over again, and they have been testimony to God's grace and mercy...but this past weekend, I found myself praying for them to receive the "good" news that they wouldn't be experiencing a 3rd miscarriage in less than 10 months.  However, my selfish prayer didn't "go through" like I had wanted. Instead, the Lord's will was done, and my girl friend is suffering emotionally and physcially.  I know that the Lord works all things for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28), but I just want to know what that good is - right now. And I'm sure their desire to know that good is exponentially greater than mine!

There are so many things I struggle with in life - and this potentially tops the list.  Trusting that God's plan for my life (and for those around me) is far better than any selfish me prayer I could ask.  Lord, may your will be done in my life and in the life of those around me.

So what are you praying for today? As hard as it is, will you be encouraged to pray "thy will be done" with me?  Will you also pray for my friends for them to know the power of God's grace and for his clear guidance of His will in their life.
Blessings to you on this day - a day that has promised beauty...


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