God Is God (And I’m Not)

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done. (Luke 22:42)

If I’m brutally honest, my prayers often have this overall theme: “Not your will, God, but MINE.” They usually consist of two parts: (1) listing all the things that didn’t go my way that day and (2) asking God to make ’em go my way the next.

If submitting to God’s will is good enough for Jesus, it ought to be good enough for me. Rather than repeatedly asking God to make the world bend to my will, I should find out more about His.

What’s the best way to discover God’s will? Immerse yourself in the Bible. Here’s a great verse to start with:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. They you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)

Stop conforming to our me me me my my my culture and ask the Holy Spirit to transform your mind so that you’ll be more in tune with God’s perfect will. It will revolutionize your prayer life.

As one of Jesus’ best friends said:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)


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  1. David Frederick says:

    On those days when things do not go my way, I try to accept the fact that for some reason God did not want me following that particular path, or it was meant to be an educational experience or it was done to protect me from my own short sightedness. In any event, it does always seem to work out in the end, and for that I am eternally grateful to my Lord and Savior who knows all things much better than me!

    • GUWG says:

      Thanks for the comment, David. That’s a great perspective. I’m truly grateful that God is God and I’m not. If He gave me everything I wanted when I wanted it I would have ended up in some pretty awful places. His will is indeed waaaaaaaaay better than mine and I’m glad He’s in charge!

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