Daily Devotion, 3/20/18, Day 18: Four. Hard. Words.
Matthew 6:9-13 The Message "Our Father in heaven, reveal who You are. Set the world right: do what is best- as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil. You're in charge! You can do anything You want! You're ablaze in beauty! Yes, yes, yes."
"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
"Thy will be done"…Four. Hard. Words. Sometimes these words are hard to pray and hard to mean, but this is the way the self dies and falls into the arms of Love. It's a way of relinquishing the control of our own lives and trusting God's beautiful design for us and others. It’s a way of leaning into His will rather than our own. Jesus abandoned self and surrendered to the Father's will in all things. He only did what He saw the Father doing. He lived out deep trust in His Father's heart. Trust can be such hard work especially if our trust has been broken a number of times by others. Trust can come even harder for us when we have experienced things in life that we just don't understand. During those times when we can't understand God's higher ways, He invites us to trust His loving heart. The cross was one of those "higher ways." The cross didn't make logical sense, yet it was part of God's will that flowed from His loving heart…and Jesus was totally submerged in His Father's loving heart. God knew the cross would be a bridge connecting us back to His heart. The cross would be a remedy of divine and huge proportions.
In Matthew 26: 39, Jesus again models this for us as he prays in the garden of Gethsemane, "Yet not as I will, but as You will." Once again, four hard words! But look at what those words accomplished! It's a journey to lay down our lives daily, but it's what Jesus did. It's a journey to trust daily, but it's what Jesus did. It's a journey to pray "thy will be done", but it's what Jesus did. If we are willing to pray as Jesus did, there is no telling what miracle could be on the other side of those four hard words.
* Pray your daily dangerous prayer and add “thy will be done.”
God, give us courage, obedience and passionate resolve to pray as Jesus did, Thy will be done.
From the 30 day devotional journey, "More of Him, Less of Me" written by Sharon Ardizzone.