What You Asked for May Not Be God’s Perfect Will for Your Life
Vernicia T. Eure
The Harvest Magazine Contributor
Matthew 6:10b “…Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Many of us have “The Lord’s Prayer” memorized to a “tee.” I do, too. But I’m wondering if you’re like me. I have a lot of scripture knowledge but sometimes I am not as aware of what I’m saying to Father God when I pray.
“Your will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.” It sounds like a noble, responsible prayer, right? But are we prepared for the work that’s required for God’s will to be done? Most of the time, His will is not our will. Our will can be self-centered, limited and unwise. His will may require discipline, obedience and choosing to do the right thing even when it seems unfair.
We need to ask God to open our eyes so that we can see His will from His perspective. Only then are we able to persevere through situations of uncertainty, tragedy and lack. From God’s point of view, He is able to plan for the big picture while we can only see from a “now” perspective that, at times, creates worry and fear in our hearts.
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When we surrender to God, trusting that His will is going to turn out for our good, no matter what it looks like, we can hold on to Him and His Word. We can trust that joy can be found in this season although a lot may be uncertain. I say, “Hold on and enjoy your ride” like they say at amusement parks. (By the way, I love roller coasters!)
So, we can get excited for what’s ahead. It’s about the journey, not the destination anyway. Choosing excitement over fear and frustration can make living in God’s will an enjoyable adventure full of freedom and rest.
Your Will or His Will?
If you would rather live a life that is calculated and according to your own will or someone else’s, it will be costly. Ask Jonah (Jonah 1:17). He got swallowed by a big fish. I can’t even imagine how it smelled in there. Jonah was not going to live his will. God had a plan and His plan superseded Jonah’s plan and heart condition.
Consider what you are saying to God in prayer. Do you mean it? Do you understand it? Are you prepared to do what it takes to press on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)?
God’s will truly is the best way to go. You can trust Him to take you to greater heights in faith and glory. You will find out that He does have it all figured out. You will see His power. You will experience Him in new ways. You will trust Him even more when you see all the miracles He will do. You will be changed. You will be better. Your life will glorify Him and you will get to be a participant in all that He is doing in the earth.
Look forward to what’s ahead, hold on and … enjoy the ride!