Thy Will Be Done
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
One of the greatest battles in my Christian walk has been the surrender of my will for the Lord’s will. Day after day I penned heartfelt prayers, cries even, for “my will be done” rather than “Thy will be done”. After all, it is true that God hates divorce” (Malachi 2:16), ask and you shall receive (Mathew 7:7) and literally hundreds of other scriptures I used to impose my will on the all-knowing Father. Quite frankly in my early days I didn’t trust God enough to say, “Thy will be done” because I was afraid I wouldn’t like His answer. It was much easier to grasp at all the promises in scripture that supported the answer I wanted to hear than to seek HIS WILL in and through my circumstances.
It took many tears and unnecessary heartache to figure out when His answer was NO there was always a reason – it was never unwarranted, either a lesson or a blessing. I spent the better part of seven years of my life praying for restoration of my marriage because that’s what MY HEART wanted but not once do I recall praying “Lord if it be your will”.
My desperate attempts to salvage the 18 year marriage and spare my children from living in a broken home came to an abrupt halt when the marriage suffered a fatal blow just three years after reconciliation . If the Lord truly had a hand in it there’s no doubt I would still be married today but I refused to seek His will and exposed not only myself but my children to prolonged and undue suffering. I’ve found the consequences are much easier to bear when you seek His will in the forefront than to pray to be delivered from them in hindsight.
Prayer: Lord I pray that your perfect will be done in my life; I pray that when the road ahead is uncertain and my heart is heavy you will enable me to hear your voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it”. Above all else I pray I will surrender my will for yours even when your answer doesn’t align with my heart or plan. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen.