Jesus prayed in a garden outside the city of Jerusalem on the fateful night of His death. His prayer was pretty simple, “Not my will, but yours… .” It’s a powerful prayer because of its simplicity. It’s a difficult prayer because of its vulnerability. This brief prayer in Matthew 26:42 sounds a great deal like the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6.
For the first few months of 2018, the preaching team will be using the Lord’s Prayer as it’s found in Matthew 6:9-13 to structure our sermon series. We’re focusing on Jesus’ primary request, “Your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” Then, we’ll unpack a number of areas of God’s will as they are revealed in the rest of the prayer.
We’re inviting you into the journey. We believe God has a will for His people. We believe that will is revealed in Scripture and can be discerned with wisdom as it gets applied in the 21st century. Most of the time God’s will is not some esoteric piece of guidance that we have to seek to discern or discover. It’s usually right in front of us.
When we are faithful to His will as it’s revealed, He seems to keep bringing more and more applications of that will into the life of a church. We’ve seen that in the past, and we believe we’ll see it in the future. 2018 should be no exception. God truly does mean it when He says, “To him who is faithful with little, much will be given.”
Please, join us in praying this prayer for 2018…
God, Father of all, Lover of all, Seeker of all,
We commit ourselves to your will . . . all of it . . . no matter what.
We resolve to obey what you say . . . when you say . . . as you say it.
Gracious God, Redeemer,
We believe you want us to be as holy as you are,
To be as compassionate as you are,
To be as sensitive as you are,
To reach out as far as you do,
So we commit ourselves to be and do . . . all that you have and will reveal.
Lord, Sovereign, Holy One,
We seek to know your will . . . for our congregation as we serve this area of your world,
Help us see . . . and understand . . . To never overlook . . . or ignore . . . or dismiss . . .
In the mighty name of Jesus–Amen