“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 NLT
I’m finally able to print the Momstrong Bible studies from the site I joined and go through them in the morning while Baby C plays. October was about prayer. Since I’m a toddler mom and life is total chaos, why not do the October study in November.
Today’s study was talking about this portion of the Lord’s Prayer, specifically talking about praying in line with God’s will.
At first glance it feels like this verse is saying “let whatever happens happen” which feels kind of passive. The study points out that asking for God’s will to be done doesn’t mean just following a set track of preordained events.
We are told to pray, and told that there is comfort in prayer:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
We are also told that the prayer of a faithful person accomplishes much:
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”
James 5:16 NLT
“and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.”
James 5:15 NASB
However, we have to ask in faith.
“But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
James 1:6-7 NLT
When we are asking for God’s will to be done, how do we know what God wills?
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”
Romans 15:4 NLT
“Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.”
1 Timothy 4:13 NLT
“Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”
2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT
“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 3:15 NLT
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
2 Timothy 3:16 NASB
Even Jesus quoted the scriptures to show what God’s will is for us as His children. God’s will leaves a lot of wiggle room when it comes to our lives and how we serve Him. When we pray, if what we want to ask for is within what we understand of God’s revealed will in the Bible, if it brings glory to God, then there is no reason NOT to make our requests known to God through prayer (with a thankful heart knowing that He will work anything out for our good).
This isn’t an excuse to make prayer similar to a Christmas Santa letter, that’s not the point, but God says that He hears ours prayers:
“The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.”
Proverbs 15:29 NASB
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
1 John 5:14 NASB
God knows the desires of our hearts.
“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37:4 NASB
“O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear”
Psalms 10:17 NASB
“O LORD, in Your strength the king will be glad, And in Your salvation how greatly he will rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire, And You have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.”
Psalms 21:1-2 NASB
Not only does God know the desires of your heart, but if those desires bring glory to God, He probably put them there Himself.
I guess what I’m saying is, don’t ever think that prayers are empty, or that all you can ask for is that whatever will happen, happens. God hears our prayers, and He answers them. We can pray and make requests according to what we know of God’s will, and He will always take care of us.
“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB
“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;”
Deuteronomy 7:9 NASB
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;”
Hebrews 10:23 NASB
This is why we can pray with confidence.
“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:16 NASB
Just knowing this gives me peace, no matter what happens.