“Thy will be done.” This is something you probably pray often, especially if you pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Sometimes though, I think it’s easy for us (for me!) to over-focus on praying for God’s will regarding our own earthly decisions — which college to go to, which job to choose, which house to buy, which education route to choose for our children, which mode of treatment to go through with.
It’s not that God doesn’t care about those things – I believe he does. Because he cares about us. And submission to God’s will in all areas of our lives is Biblical:
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:17
But if our concern with God’s will is primarily about choosing between two spiritually neutral choices in our own lives, we might need a little refocusing.
When we pray for God’s will to be done, remember that God has made his will plain to us in his book. Here are some examples:
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5:18
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. — 1 Timothy 2:1-4
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor… — 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. — 1 Peter 2:15-17
He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8
These are just a few verses that tell us God’s will for our lives. If “will” means desire or want, then the Bible is chock-full of instructives telling us what God wants from us. Because God’s will is less of an elusive mystery to be discovered, and more of a way of living to be carried out. (“May your will be done.”)
So the next time you pray for God to show you his will, remember that from an eternal perspective, he already has. 🙂
Lord, help us to seek your will through scripture, and to do it. Help us to be thankful and prayerful and pure and submissive and wise. Help us to pursue peace and spread the Good News and love others. Make us your servants. When we are tempted to focus on physical life to the neglect of spiritual things, lift our eyes to you.