Some wit has wryly suggested that many Christians are eager to serve God…as God’s adviser. And yes, I confess that many times I have fancied myself God’s adviser, telling Him how He might best answer my prayer and by what time. Any time we advise God how to go about doing His will, we set ourselves up for frustration and disappointment in prayer. The apostle Paul is right: “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:34).
Because it is God the Father’s power at work in us His children, He “is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). We dare not limit our Father in how He accomplishes His will or set an expiration date for putting right the world. We open wide our hearts to become enthralled with the wonder of what God is doing in making heaven and earth to be one. We resign our position as ‘the fourth person of the Godhead’!
If you sometimes resist praying for God’s will, consider the prayer of Holocaust survivor, Corrie ten Boom: “God, make me willing to be made willing.” And God will surely do that in answer to this prayer, because “it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Yes, Lord, I am willing to pray for me and for those whom I love: “Your will be done.” And Lord, I wait in hope for what you are going to do because I am willing to be made willing!
PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER (MORNING-NOON-NIGHT)