“Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10
“How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” Any guesses? A group of engineering students from Purdue University reported that its licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
Not everything in life can be measured so precisely.
On Day 2 of this week’s devotionals, we looked at Matthew [6:10]. We’ll finish our week by going back to this key verse, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
How long will it take us before we are ready to move on from this section of our prayer? Jesus provides us answers in two separate texts:
» In John 11, Jesus raises Lazarus back to life. We read his prayer in verses 41 and 42. His response is short. It’s concise. And it goes direct to the point. Jesus says, “Lazarus, come out.”
» In Luke 22, Jesus prays before being arrested. We’re told that this prayer caused him great anguish, that Jesus
sweat drops of blood, that he prayed for another way. Amazingly, he came to the place where he would declare, “yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Acknowledging that we desire God’s will to be done in our life is a process of humility. And God is working on our heart to get us there.
Heavenly Father, there are areas of my life that I try to hold on to. There are areas where submission to your will is not easy. Thank You for the opportunity to continue to grow in my faithfulness. Amen.