By: Melanie Clarke
Day 3: Submitting to God’s Will
“May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven”
What is submission in prayer? Keeping our faith and continuing to pray even when our prayers are unanswered or when we don’t get the answers that we want. The Bible is honest about prayer, that we can struggle with unanswered prayer. Faithfulness is developed when we live through unanswered prayers and continue to believe that God cares. We cannot mistake God’s silence for absence. Sometimes God’s timing is different than our timing, but His timing is always perfect! God will never leave or forsake us!
How do we pray in submission to God’s will? We acknowledge that sometimes what we want is not what God wants. We are honest with God, telling Him that we trust His plan and His judgement.
Biblical example of prayer of submission:
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
For ourselves: Pray for areas in your life where there is uncertainty, that God’s will would be done instead of your own.
For LIFT: Pray for the Board/staff of LIFT to actively seek God’s will when providing guidance for the church.
For our city: Pray for the leadership of our city to be guided by Christ in all decision-making.