#LiveYourFaith Blog – Thy Will Be Done
“Thy Will Be Done”
I remember two pieces of yellow construction paper in the shape of small mittens, with pieces of similarly shaped paper scrawling a careful, cursive pattern. Two decades worth of Sunday school kids from Redeemer Lutheran who to this day, will know exactly what was written between those two little pieces of hand-crafted construction paper: The Lord’s Prayer.
Ranking right up there with the Pledge of Allegiance and the theme song from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air once you learn The Lord’s Prayer it’s stuck with you for life! Equally as important as having a good prayer in your arsenal is the pragmatic utility of one specific verse from this prayer, “Thy will be done.”
It never fails that if my dad intercepts one of my complaining phone calls to my mom and has the patience to hear me out, his advice is always the same: Thy will be done. As trivial and simple as these words may seem, they bring perspective and faith to any situation. It’s also my dad’s polite way to tell me to get over it (and myself). Likely, I’m festering over something completely meaningless, and usually it’s something I can do very little about! Time and energy wasted at its finest!
Praying for God’s will to be done is not easy and goes far beyond ‘hoping for the best.’ Instead, faith focuses on God’s plan for my individual life, coming to terms that ‘Father knows best’ (as much as it may pain me, both earthly and heavenly have repeatedly proved this fact). The book of Matthew, one of Jesus’ disciples, makes specific mention of the love God has for EVERY single person. Matthew 18:12-14 is a parable Jesus told his disciples about lost sheep it reads, 12 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.
God’s will for me has very little to do with what happens here on earth. When Jesus was talking about God’s will in the verses above, he’s not talking about perishing here on earth, as everyone will experience death! Rather, God wants eternal salvation and life for all people, especially those who may wander and be lost. God isn’t concerned about my financial or social statuses, and isn’t worried about the roof over my head looking a certain way or the food I eat. God’s will is to have all people on earth come to faith through knowing Jesus, and therefore His will for me is to encourage that opportunity in all that I do.
If it’s been a while since you’ve recited The Lord’s Prayer, I encourage you to look it up! The next time you’re finding yourself struggling, take a step back and simply say, Thy will be done.
*A special thanks to my mom for hand crafting those little prayer hands containing the words of a prayer that has brought me and so many others, such peace and hope.