Do you believe in “Thy will be done?” We have been studying the Lord’s Prayer at church for the past few weeks. The verse from Matthew 6:11 says, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” I have been guilty of trying to manipulate God this week and trying to impose MY will. You can probably guess how that went, He won, and He will always win. I am a huge believer in mindset and that your words have power. I think saying daily affirmations is a wonderful practice, and it can make a huge difference in how you start the day. I love vision boards and gratitude journals. All of these play a big part in your mindset, and your mindset plays a huge part in your life.
At the beginning of each year, I like to start a new journal, and the first page of the journal is where I write down what has happened in the coming year. I write the goals that I reached and the things that I have accomplished. The idea is to read that every day, and it programs you to keep working toward those goals and dreams, which in turn will make them possible.
However, this past week, I used that same tactic to try and steer the Lord in the direction that I wanted. I knew that something was going to happen that I desperately did not want. I had been praying and praying for a miracle to happen, but my prayers weren’t being answered. So, I sat down and wrote in my journal that it DIDN’T happen. I wrote how excited that I was that my prayers were answered and how happy the outcome was for everyone. But, even as I was writing the words, they felt forced. I knew down deep that what I was writing was wrong, that it was trying to impose my will. But I did it anyway.
The next day, my prayers were answered, but not in the way that I had hoped. What I wanted desperately not to happen, happened anyway. I have come to terms that the Lord’s way is better, even if I don’t agree. I have come to terms that we sometimes have to go through a hard period that we would rather not go through. I know that once you emerge on the other side of this trial, that you are stronger and a better person. But, my heart still did not want any of it to happen.
My actions were not of a trust issue; I trust the Lord with everything. It was more of a control issue, and I needed to know the outcome. I can’t see what the Lord has in store, and that makes me afraid. I was not submissive in my actions; I wanted to feel some measure of control. When things are up in the air, I want to know where they are going to land. Then, I can start to make preparations and feel like I am helping. The truth is, nothing there is nothing that I can ever do to help the Lord. He has it all under control, and He needs me to be submissive and stay out of His way.
Daily we have a choice. We can kick and scream, or we can go along submissively with the Lord’s plan, because either way, it is going to happen. So today, let’s all say this prayer together and thank the Lord that He is in control and not us.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Have A Blessed Day!