After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Our Lord instructed His disciples in Matthew 6:9-13 on prayer and gave them an example to follow so they could experience true communion with God. Christ, through His teachings, instructed the disciples with the truths that prayer works and we need to involve ourselves in the power and practice of intercession and devotion to Him.
Have you ever asked yourself, “If God is in control and everything is working according to His plan, why do we need to pray? Does He have to answer our prayers? Can we change God’s mind when we pray?” These are paradoxical statements or questions, an enigma which is identified as: a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or even difficult to understand. This shows God’s mind is infinitely beyond our human understanding or knowledge. To assure you of any doubt, there are no contradictions at all in our majestic God. He is beyond finding out! Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. (Job 9:10) If God allows mind bogglers, then we can too.
Prayer must come from a truly committed heart and an acknowledgement that prayer does change things, mainly us. Whenever we pray we are to pray in accordance to God’s will. In other words, “God, You do what You want and think is best for me.” Our Lord told those that followed Him after the feeding of the five thousand, For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me John 6:38 “The immediate purpose of prayer is the accomplishment of God’s will on earth; the ultimate purpose of prayer is the eternal glory of God.” Quote by Warren W. Wiersbe. This is why Robert Law wrote, “Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in heaven but for getting God’s will done on earth.”
Occasionally there are people who are fearful of God’s will for their life and the thought of surrendering their will to His is overwhelming and at times terrifying. These dear people are sure that if they were to yield to the will of God, they would suffer painful, perilous times in some distant and dangerous place. They see themselves wasting away in loneliness while being miserable in their existence. Is this what God truly wants for them? I think not. Look at Psalm 33:11. The counsel (plan) of the LORD standeth (endures, stands firm) for ever, the thoughts (intentions) of his heart to all generations. They must understand that the plan or will of God for His children comes from an expression of His heart. What does I John 4:18 say? There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. The will of God is a pure, holy, unchangeable love, God works in our lives to bring about His highest goal, glorifying Him.
Thought: Our prayer should be that God, by His grace, would make us able and willing to know and obey His will in full submission being mindful, that God designs His will from His heart.