As taught in Jesus’ model prayer, the fatherhood of God (Matthew 6:9) ought to heighten your desire to pray; the sacredness of God (Matthew 6:9) ought to purify your focus in prayer; the sovereignty of God (Matthew 6:10) ought to strengthen your confidence in prayer; and the will of God (Matthew 6:10) ought to be your purpose for prayer.
Yet, one of the most persistent misconceptions about prayer is that its intended function is to get my will done in heaven. Jesus’ preaching and practice clearly contradict this pesky falsehood.
“Thy will be done” verbally demonstrates an accurate understanding of God’s fatherhood and sovereignty. Our Father has no need for advisors. His perfect plan of salvation for all humanity through the gospel of Jesus Christ demonstrates “the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God” (Romans 11:33). Salvation in Christ was purposed and planned without the input of a single earthly or angelic counselor. Therefore, prayer is not about changing God’s wise, omniscient, and loving will to conform to mine which is foolish, shortsighted, and selfish.
“Thy will be done” wisely demonstrates an accurate understanding of my greatest need and my greatest possible blessing. Submitting to God’s will is always in my best interest (Deuteronomy 6:24; 10:12-13). In keeping His true and righteous judgments there is great reward (Psalm 19:9-11).
“Thy will be done” insightfully demonstrates an accurate understanding of the highest possible standard of obedience. When God speaks, angels obey. Do you?