Do you know which prayer the pastor was referring to?
Tim Lucas, pastor of Liquid Church in Morristown, New Jersey says:
"'May your will be done.' That prayer is a prayer of surrender."
Lucas added that it acknowledges that God's plans are for His glory and the good of believers.
To begin his sermon, Pastor Lucas read a prayer from the prayer box in the church. The prayer was from a woman who has been praying for God to heal her eye condition.
The woman wrote, "I am not sure how much more of this I can take. It feels like God is ignoring my prayers for my eyes."
In response to the woman's prayer, Lucas explained that many people have prayed similar prayers when they were suffering. They wondered why God does not provide them with relief when they ask for it.
The pastor reminded the congregation that Paul asked the Lord three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. God did not take the thorn away. Instead he told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Lucas said that one benefit of thorns is they keep people dependent on Jesus.
Lucas suggested several possibilities as to why God might not answer a person's prayer.
- Christians may be subject to the "mystery of suffering." Jesus guaranteed victory for those who believe in him. However, Satan will remain at work in this world until Christ comes again.
- Sometimes, people go to God with "wrong requests." An example of a wrong request would be if a woman asked God to replace her current husband with another husband.
- Other times people pray with "mixed motives" when they make selfish requests for the sake of God.
Lucas said prayers that go unanswered in this life will receive spectacular vindication in eternity.
According to Pastor Lucas, God guarantees an answer to the 'May Your Will Be Done' prayer.