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Devotional Thoughts for Women
Four Words that are Hard to Pray
Several months ago, I faced a surgery to remove a tumor from my kidney. I was extremely blessed with a good surgeon who had performed these types of surgeries for years and was very confident that mine would go smoothly, and that I would be just fine afterward. I must admit, however, that I was very nervous about the whole thing, and I prayed about it…a lot. I knew that most surgeries were very routine and non-eventful, but I also knew that anything could happen and it was possible (albeit not probable) that I could die during the operation. I started having difficulty when I prayed about it because I was finding it harder and harder to pray for God’s will to be done in the matter. What if God’s will was that I should not survive the operation? Was I prepared to accept that? How could that be what was best for my family? What about my plans, my hopes, my dreams? What about what I wanted?
The words “thy will be done” can be difficult to pray because those four little words carry some serious implications with it:
Sovereignty of God – We are acknowledging that God is the One in control, and it is His will and not ours that must be done.
Submission to God – We humble ourselves before God Almighty, willingly being the clay in the hands of the Potter to be molded and shaped as He desires.
Sacrifice of Self – We surrender our wants, our plans, our desires to whatever God wants, plans and desires for us, realizing it will always be what is best for us.
Those three implications were what swirled around and around in my head as I prayed those four hard words. I knew God was in control, and I wanted to be submissive to Him which meant I had to be willing to sacrifice my own desires to His and be strongly confident in the fact that He is faithful and will always do what is right.
I take comfort in the fact that I am not the only one who has struggled to pray those words. When Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal and arrest, He struggled with those words as well. The account of his prayer recorded in Matthew 26 tells us that Jesus was “sorrowful and deeply distressed” (v. 37). Being a man of flesh and blood and knowing the excruciating ordeal he was facing, Jesus pleaded with God to let that cup pass from him if it could. Why? Because Jesus had a will of his own. He had wants and desires and dying a slow, agonizing death on a cross bearing the sins of the world was not something he naturally desired. But, Jesus also recognized the sovereignty of his God and Father and willingly submitted to Him in all things. Because of that, he sacrificed his own will by sacrificing himself – literally.
We struggle with those words because we know what they mean – they mean that we may not get what we want, that things may not go as we had planned. We struggle with wanting our will to be God’s will. But those words that can be so difficult to say are also a blessing to pray because they mean that God will always do what is best for us even when we cannot see how it is best for us. God is faithful. (I Corinthians 1:9) And those three words are what encourage me and embolden me to pray those four hard words, “Thy will be done.” ~Heather Pryor
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Heart to Heart March 2017 – Featured article: Should I or Shouldn’t I? Featured recipe: Zucchini Ratatouille
Heart to Heart January 2017 – Featured article: Adjust Your Focus Featured recipe: Paul’s Chili
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Heart to Heart August 2016 – Featured article: Called to Holiness Featured Recipes: Spanish Round Steak and Cherry Delight
Heart to Heart July 2016 – Featured article: When God says “No” Featured Recipes: Fruit-Infused Waters (6 variations)
Heart to Heart June 2016 – Featured article: Life is short, use the china Featured Recipes: Tarragon Tuna Salad and Raspberry Soup
Heart to Heart May 2016 – Featured article: What Will I Wear? Featured Recipe: Fresh Orange Scones
Heart to Heart April 2016 – Featured article: Hide and Seek Featured Recipe: Strawberry Rolls
Heart to Heart March 2016 – Featured article: Good, Better, Best Featured Recipes: Beverly’s Breakfast Casserole and Lemon Rosemary Shortbread
Heart to Heart February 2016 – Featured article: Conspicuous Christianity Featured Recipes: Broccoli Cauliflower Salad and White Chocolate Party Mix
Heart to Heart January 2016 – Featured article: Get Ready! Featured Recipes: Slow Cooker Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Hot Spiced Cranberry Punch
Heart to Heart December 2015 – Featured article: Luke’s Lemonade Featured Recipes: White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies and Peppermint White Chocolate Cocoa
Heart to Heart November 2015 – Featured article: Fasting and Feasting Featured Recipe: Cranberry Gelatin Salad and A Thanksgiving Tree
Heart to Heart October 2015 – Featured article: The Boo Hoo Award Featured Recipe: Pumpkin Rolls with Cinnamon Butter
Heart to Heart September 2015 – Featured article: The Student Who Taught the Teacher Featured Recipe: Zucchini Au Gratin
Heart to Heart August 2015 – Featured article: The B-I-B-L-E: Is that the Book for Me? Featured Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie Bars
Heart to Heart July 2015 – Featured article: Red Sea Moments Featured Recipes: Chicken Pesto Casserole and Homemade Pesto Sauce
Heart to Heart June 2015 – Featured article: Getting Back to Basics Featured Recipes: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Pacs, All-Natural Grout Cleaner, and Summertime Air Freshener
Heart to Heart May 2015 – Featured article: Could God Have Chosen You? Featured Recipes: Yogurt Parfaits and Lemon Rosemary Scones
Heart to Heart April 2015 – Featured article: Bored by the Bible? Featured Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Heart to Heart March 2015 – Featured article: The First Five Minutes Featured Recipe: Stuffed Peppers
Heart to Heart Feb 2015 – Featured article: A Servant of the Church, Helper of Many Featured recipes: Sweet Lemon Chicken, Chocolate Almond Clusters
Heart to Heart Jan 2015 – Featured article: Is Your Diffuser Working? Featured recipe: Homemade Crunchy Apple Slices
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