The humblest words spoken in the history of man kind were spoken by Jesus. In Luke 22:42, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.”
Not my will, but yours be done. This is the ideal attitude of a servant. One that understands that he or she must set aside their own will(wants, desires) in order to best serve the master. This is ideally the attitude we should have as Christians considering the fact that we are the servants of God.
The only way for us to have a real understanding of who God really is, is to understand our relationship with Him. Also to understand our role in the relationship. Yes, He is our father, but He is also our Lord who we must humble ourselves before. We are linked just to benefit from God but also to serve Him. As His people our role is to be of service to Him. Our lives are not our own.
”Not my will, but yours be done”. This is the position we have to have when we have an authentic relationship with God. We should be able to give up our own will or desires for His. Trusting that we truly believe in who He says He is and what He says He will do in our lives.
Lately, I have been thinking about what I have struggled with in the past. Majority of the things that were extremely stressful or just seemed to be not working were outside the will of God. They were things I wanted but who is to say God wanted them for my life? The easiest way to open ourselves to struggle is to not be aligned with the word of God.
When we align ourselves with the will of God we position ourselves to receive from Him. We also attract the path we ought to walk, as well as the people He planned for us to know.
When I try to control things on my own they do nothing but drain me. When I control what I can in alignment with God’s will for my life (which is first to obey and seek Him) I find that I am well better off.
Sometimes what we want or where we find ourselves in life is not in God’s will. We praying countless days and nights for help and still receive nothing. This is where we must learn to ask ourselves what we could be possibly doing wrong.
Sometimes God wants to bless us but He cannot because of our actions and attitudes. You can pray day and night for years for something to happen and it just does not. It is not because God does not want to answer our prayers but instead it is because we are disobedient. The bible reveals to us that we can hinder our prayers from being answered.
hinderances according to scripture:
◦ Unconfessed sins Psalm 66:18
◦ Unbelief and doubt James 1:5-8
◦ The prayer not being aligned with the will of God 1 John 5:14
◦ Demonic influence or resistance Daniel 10:13
◦ Being selfish or self centered Proverbs 21:13
◦ Unresolved issues with others Proverbs 17:9
Reflection: Could you be hindering your prayers from being answered with your actions and attitudes? What in your life is not working? Where is that one area that you just cannot seem to figure out or sort out. Have you ever thought that maybe in that area, you are lacking to meet the will of God?
Prayer focus: Lord, search my heart and reveal to me the attitudes and actions that hinder my ability to be heard by you and to receive from you.