“Thy Will Be Done.”
We say it every time we say the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus taught his disciples who asked how to pray. When we talk about our lives and the lives of people we care about, we begin to realize that those four words are a pretty bold prayer. It says that we are ready to live out God’s plan for our lives, and we won’t be paralyzed by fear during the difficult parts. It says that we will look to God to hold onto us, comfort us and care for us, even if the actions of others in the world seem to be blocking God’s plan for a while. It says we will welcome change. It’s a prayer that ultimately asks a question:
“God, what would you have me do? What is your will for me?”
The answers may surprise us. They also may scare us to death. We may feel totally unprepared. We may want to say, “Oh please, not that – anything but that,” or “You must have me confused with someone else – there is no way I could do that!” If following God’s will means change and leaving our comfort zone, we may not be as open as those four words declare us to be.
There is a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer that speaks to being open to the changes God may have for us, and giving our lives and our longings over to God’s will:
Lord, help me now to unclutter my life,
to organize myself in the direction of simplicity.
Lord, teach me to listen to my heart;
teach me to welcome change, instead of fearing it.
Lord, I give you these stirrings inside me,
I give you my discontent,
I give you my restlessness,
I give you my doubt,
I give you my despair,
I give you all the longing I hold inside.
Help me to listen to these signs of change, of growth;
to listen seriously and follow where they lead
through the breathtaking empty space of an open door.
This week in the GPS guide we are going to explore God’s will and the tools and promises we have to enable us to live out God’s plans for us and for the world. As we do, let’s pray together and remember to lean on God as we walk into that breathtaking space.
Resurrection Prayer Ministry