Am I the only one who has difficulty praying “Thy will be done”, especially when God’s plan does not align with what I want? I would safely assume I’m not the only one. We pray for God’s will when it is often what our flesh does not desire. The painful part of the growth process is becoming so selfless that we are willing to accept God’s plan even when it hurts.
Jesus struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane with the same thing. He knew that His death was a part of the Father’s plan to reconcile sinful mankind to Himself, but Jesus prayed, “let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not My will but Thine be done.” Then He set His face toward the cross to endure our sin and shame.
Some parts of God’s will are glorious; others are not. How will we remind when God allows something that will accomplish His will but it goes against our will? That is one of the greatest indicators of where we are in our Christian growth. No wonder John said “He must increase, and I must decrease” (John 3:30).
God, please help us all to be so strong in our faith that we draw closer to You when our will does not align with Yours. Please give us grace to accept that Your plan is perfect. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray. Amen!