“Some time ago,” Stan commented one morning, “there was a song that was pretty popular. In fact, I still hear it every once in awhile.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“I don’t remember the exact title,” Stan replied, “but it had something to do with living a life my way.”
“I think that’s the title,” I said, “My Way.”
“Maybe so,” Stan said. “In any event, I know it reflected my view of this life for way too long. As well, I think there are still too many times when that’s what I do.”
“Rather than what?” I asked.
“Doing it ‘Thy Way’!”
“Thy Way versus my way,” I commented. “Didn’t Jesus say something about that?”
“He did,” Stan replied, “several times. He talked about it when He was teaching His disciples how to pray, telling them to pray that ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’.”
“As well,” he continued, “that’s certainly what Jesus prayed to His Father right before He went to the cross when He was in the Garden of Gethsemane.”
“I remember that,” I replied. “He asked His Father to change what was going to happen, if He was willing to do so, but that Jesus said He would submit to the Father’s will whatever it was.”
“Exactly,” Stan said. “And that’s the view I’m to have in everything, being committed to telling God that I am willing to change ‘my will’ to ‘Thy will’ when my will is contrary to His!”
Bible verses to consider:
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10.
And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if Thou art willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Thine be done.” Luke 22:41-42.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that your will is going to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I confess that too often I choose not to be a part of your will being done in and through me because I prefer to do my will rather than yours. Please forgive that foolishness. Please help me in following every step of your lead so my life is a reflection and manifestation of your will being done. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Do you believe that God’s will is going to be done on earth as in heaven? Why or why not? How are you doing with God’s will being done in and through you? Is doing things your way rather than God’s way something you sense could use some changes in your life. If so, how is that going to happen? Is that what you would like to have happen? Why or why not?
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