In the Our Father prayer or the Lord’s Prayer we say “Thy will be done” but do we really mean it? Most of our culture these days really mean “MY will be done”. We want what we want when we want it! We have no patience or obedience anymore. We just about have a heart attack if our computer doesn’t download something in the first two seconds. “What’s taking so long!”
When was the last time we sat down and prayed to understand God’s will? And accepted God’s will and carried it out without asking “what’s in it for me”? Many people speak with their actions and decisions saying “I’m going to do what I want” or “it’s all about me”. We need to step outside of ourselves and our selfishness and ask what would God want me to do? When we go with what we want, we are going away from God, but when we are going with God’s will, we are heading with God, walking with God and loving Him.
Adam and Eve wanted “My will” instead of God’s will. That’s why we have Original Sin, our fallen nature. Jesus healed us with God’s will by sacrificing Himself. Nothing was about Him because it was all about us returning to God.
If we are sinning but we are rationalizing what we do to make it right is our eyes, then we are not following God’s rules. All of us rationalize our own behavior, making excuses for it, however, that doesn’t make it right. It’s hard to follow God’s rules but we would be so much happier if we do. Jesus never said it would be easy; He said that the path to Heaven would be narrow. We fall off of it with excuses, rationalizing, and selfishness. We put ourselves first. That is how we end up with bad consequences.
Hell is full of those who say “My will be done”.
Let’s put ourselves aside and put God first and “Thy will be done” and say this is for God’s glory, not mine. After all, our heart is beating only because God wills it to. It should beat for the love of God.
The next time you have a decision to make, ask yourself, am I saying “God’s Will be done” or “MY WILL BE DONE”?