…your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Very often, we pray and ask for our will to be done. This doesn’t necessarily mean that we are asking for something sinful. The prayers heard most often in church are for the health and well being of others. But it is much better to ask for God’s will than our own.
We try to find meaning in the struggles of life. Why does a very good Christian get cancer and someone who smoked and drank all their life have no health problems? Why do dishonest people appear to get ahead financially? Why do bad things happen to good people? We’ll never know the mind of God or why certain things happen to certain people. Sometimes things happen as a result of sin. Sometimes God is trying to strengthen the faith of a person – the one afflicted or another close to them. We just never know and should make assumptions.
When we ask for God’s will to be done however, even if we don’t get the response that we want, we know that God is in control. Sickness is not a result of a lack of faith nor does it mean that people didn’t pray hard enough. It is a fact of life and a result of the fall of man.
When God’s will is done, we can trust Him to help us handle anything that comes our way. It may not be easy but God will never give us more than we can handle – with His help. And with God’s help, knowing that what takes place is God’s will, we can handle anything.