His will be done
Matthew 6:8-13 – “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
I find it so easy to talk to God in prayer, and make it the Mieke-show. I’ll first talk about what I need, and about my feelings, and then perhaps I’ll pray about what my friends and family need. I’ll then thank God for the things He’s doing in my life because I’m feeling great that day.
But Jesus tells us to put our Father first in our prayers. In that prayer, He never once mentioned I or me. It was all about Him, His will and His kingdom.
Who are you glorifying in your prayers?
Are you more interested in His will or what you would like for your own life?
I think that once we grasp how mighty and sovereign He really is, we’d completely forget about our own needs and feelings. Not that He doesn’t care about us and our feelings – He really does, more than we can ever imagine. But for a closer relationship with Him, we need to be prepared to let go of ourselves and grasp Him fully.
Put Him first in your life and your prayers.