The Heart Test (continued)
Thy Will Be Done!
Our Father's Prayer isn't just prayer recitations, it's an attitude of the heart which pleases the father. "Thy Will be done", meaning a determination, choice or purpose.
(Luke 22:42) Jesus says “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.
Obedience is not the absence of doubt or fear but trusting that God's way of bringing to past his will for our life is the best way. Because we are free moral agents God will not force his will on anybody but he wants us as his children to willfully submit our will to Him in the most challenging situations.
Remember it's thy will be done, not my will be done. We can't pick the way the Father chooses to bring it to past.
The Bible says those that believe in Jesus are sheep. A sheep's natural instinct is to flee threats because it has no line of defense, that's why the easiest thing for us to do when we face difficulties is to run. We then come up with what sounds like legitimate excuses why we ran from the difficulty, when we are actually portraying sheepish behavior.
The paths that the Lord brings us down are paths of sacrifice not convenience. You may ask why sacrifice? Sacrifice is what proves how special the relationship is, convenience proves doesn't.
Our commitment to trust the Father in the most challenging places in our life is what proves how much we are willing to trust Him.
When my daughter was about 3-years-old she was standing on our counter and I told her to jump and without hesitation she did, knowing I would catch her.
That's how committed we should be, willing to fulfill the Father's will for our lives. She wasn't provoked by her will, but by mine.
The Lord asked Abraham, ‘give me your son your only son who you love,’ and Abraham did not hesitate to give him Isaac, showing that if this is what I have to sacrifice for your will to be fulfilled in me, I trust you Father.
I pray that if you are in that place trust that the Father's grace is sufficient to bring his will to past for you.