I was challenged Sunday to spend time looking at The Lords Prayer this week and recording my thoughts. Today, the words in verse 10 really jumped out at me because they could be the toughest words to say…
“your will be done.”
I don’t know why I do this, but movie lines and song lyrics usually come to mind. When I read this, I couldn’t help but think of classic line in “The Princess Bride” where the farm boy responds to all requests with the simple words…”As You Wish.”
I wonder if I’m that submissive to the authority of God when it comes to the twists and turns of this life. When the prayer requests don’t go as I would have hoped. When what I want and what God has planned are not the same thing. Am I willing to simply say “as you wish” and “your will be done.” I don’t know about anyone reading this, but for me, that’s a tough one.
Far too often I want to microwave what happens in my life. I don’t want to put the future in the oven for an hour at 350 degrees and sit around waiting. I want the drive-thru version. I hate surprises and I am not patient. Have you ever noticed how much better food smells when it’s baked in the oven? We actually get to savor the smell longer. When you nuke something, it might smell good but it’s quick and doesn’t fill the house with what you will soon consume.
I wonder if our lives aren’t that way too. I wonder if we submit to “your will be done” if we won’t savor the moments a little bit more. If letting go of the control by saying “as you wish” won’t allow for a little less stress over whatever that outcome might look like. I love what Erwin McManus said in “Chasing Daylight” –
Are you willing to live a life that honors God and reflects His character and leave the outcome to Him? Are you willing to live by faith and trust Him to be faithful? There will be days on this journey of faith when the outcome will be clear, and you will not like the implications. On those days you must, like Jesus, declare, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’
I don’t know what you’re facing today. I don’t know your fears and concerns. But for this day, at this moment, let’s try to simply say “your will be done.” Let’s allow God to be God and humbly say “as you wish.”