Have you ever considered what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer? In the Good News recorded by Matthew, Jesus says this is how we 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 this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.*
For Jesus, these aren’t just words; this isn’t a case of “do as I say and not as I do.” He lived this prayer and just three years later, it would the only thing he had left. In an olive garden, with the weight of all the world’s sins pressing down on him, betrayed, about to be abandoned and denied, he said, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Would you consider letting God’s will reign in your life this week?