Jesus continues to teach us to pray.
After requesting the presence and power of the Kingdom of God on earth, Jesus says to pray…”Thy will be done.”
While prayer for the Kingdom of God to come on earth sets all kings, kingdoms, power seekers on edge…”thy will be done” sets all of us on edge. This request is a life game changer for every person who would be bold enough to pray this prayer.
We are born selfish creatures. We want to have our own way. We want to win. We want to be comfortable. We want, we want, we want. I do not seek your will, or your benefit, or anyone else’s. I want my will to be done. I want life my way on my terms.
When Jesus says pray “thy will be done” he is telling us we have to give that all up. We turn away from self centeredness and selfishness to seek Father centeredness and the Father’s desire. This really is very similar to Jesus’ teaching about the cross…”if you would be my disciple, deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow me.”
To take up our cross daily is to die to self daily so that God-self can live in us and that we might do God’s will.
And what is God’s will? To live our life as Jesus taught. Plain and simple. To love God and neighbor, to serve, to sacrifice, to share, to be generous, to be gracefilled, to love our enemies, to pray, to heal, to bring the Good News to bear in all our relationships, to sow seed, to bear fruit…
To pray for and seek this understanding of God’s will to be done requires a daily dying to self and taking up the Life way of the cross of Jesus.
One of the first Bible verses i memorized goes like this: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And this life I live in the flesh, I live by faith in Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
So, how are you doing with that?
As we begin this Friday, and maybe each day the rest of Lent (and our lives?) it would do us well to remember that this day, I must die to self that Jesus might live in me.