Have you ever been afraid to pray for God’s will to be done? There are times when one’s heart can be so focused on what we want that to consider God’s will in the matter can sometimes feel like fear. We know He knows what’s best, but what if that means a loved one won’t be healed or an old desire won’t be fulfilled?
Trusting God’s will is part of the eternal purpose that strengthens belief in Him and helps Christians to keep on going. When fear gets in the way, however, it hinders the growth of grace and faith, which can cause a child of God to doubt more than believe.
Even The Lord Prayed God’s Will Be Done
The best example of one who prayed for God’s will to be done is The Lord Himself. He prayed more devoutly than any of us, praising God and seeking His will in all things, as He did in Luke 22:42 (re: Matthew 26:42), "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
Everything The Lord did was right, even the prayers He prayed. His requests were direct and clear, followed always in submission to His Father’s will. From Him, we learn it is a comfort, not a fear, to ask for God’s will to be done.
In Matthew 6 and Luke 11, when Christ was teaching about the simplicity of prayer, one of the things He instructed others to include in their prayers was, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
If we follow Him in one thing, we should follow Him in all, and that includes prayerfully seeking God’s will for everything in our lives, both the small and the great.
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15)
Afraid He Won’t Answer (or Afraid He Will)
By not praying for God’s will, are you afraid He won’t answer? Or are you afraid He will?
Christians can adopt strange ideas sometimes. One can be afraid God won’t answer his or her prayer, so they don’t pray at all, figuring He wouldn’t answer anyway, so why bother? Then another won’t pray for something they actually desire because they are afraid He WILL answer – either because they’re afraid they wouldn’t word the prayer well enough or that it wouldn’t be answered as they had hoped.
We should definitely take care with the things we say before God, such as in Ecclesiastes 5:2, where it’s written, "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few." But we never have to fear praying the wrong thing when it’s from our hearts.
Even without our feeble attempts at prayer, God is "able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians 3:20) And not only so, The Holy Spirit is there to help our prayers when we just don’t have the words.
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought," the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:26-27, "but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
Whatever His answer might be – and He will answer in one way or another – it will be a good thing and very possibly more than you had even hoped. If not today, then hold on…it will be.
Let Go in Faith and Trust Him Completely
God’s ultimate will leads us toward eternity. We have hopes in this life, of course, but our eternal hope is what really keeps us going on. If something doesn’t work out exactly as we want it to, it isn’t "the end." More often than not, it is a beginning.
It was said in Acts 21:14, referring to Paul going to Jerusalem, "And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done."
Looking at the verse itself, not the whole event in Acts 21, this type of attitude could be applied to many things concerning God’s secret will and providence. When we don’t know the outcome of certain events or the how’s and why’s of it all, we can simply rest our faith on the words, "The will of the Lord be done."
Faith isn’t an option for children of God; it is a necessity. It’s a gift, yes, but it is a gift to be used, not to sit idle on a shelf somewhere. God’s will isn’t always revealed quickly. Sometimes it takes a while. It’s during those times we learn of patience and the blessing of waiting on The Lord.
As Christians, we should fear God with love and respect, but we should never fear praying for His will to be done. He’s God. If you belong to Him, all that He does is for your good because He loves you. If you can trust no other, trust Him.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)