If you are like me you probably complain when things do not go your way. Even if it could not be controlled by the people around you. In other words, we as humans want things done our way. We say we leave room for unpredicted things or for anything that may come up, but when it arrives we are angered even though we knew that it probably would not have worked out in the prefect manner we would have wanted it to. One would think that we would not be that way with God, but unfortunately we are. We act as if we boss God around and we treat him like our maid.
In the Our Father we pray that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven, oftentimes forgetting that we are accepting that God may not act the way we wanted him to. That we are going to accept what was, is, and will be his will. We acknowledge that he is the sovereign ruler both in Heaven and on Earth.
Every time we pray that we agree to let God act the way he wants and impose what he has planned for us. Even when they conflict with what we want and how we want things to go. Even if he chooses to answer them in a different manner than expected.
Thanks to these modern times we think that God has to answer every prayer that is directed to him. What I am about to say seems rough, but it’s true God can decide not to answer our prayer or he can answer it in a different manner. For example I one of my aunt’s was pregnant and she gave birth to my cousin, who died ten hours after he was born. My whole family had prayed all those nine months. My aunt rejected all the suggestions that she get an abortion. I felt so betrayed when my newborn cousin died; God had not answered our prayers. Though after my mourning period I realized that my cousin was given 2 hours to live and he lived 10 hours. God had answered our prayer to let my cousin live, but he answered it in his way. There I leaned the hard yet beautiful way of what “thy will be done” means.
My brothers and sisters, we must realize that ultimately God has the power to grant or deny any prayer. That prayer is not like a magic spell; once uttered what we desire will come to pass. We have attributed witchcraft characteristics to prayer. We treat God like a god. In other words, like how one view a god in witchcraft a deity bound to complete and grant whatever we have asked him because we prayed it to happen.
Even worse we treat God like a genie who is forced to grant whatever petition or wish he is asked. At that point we forget that we are the creation and he the creator. Yes, he loves us as a father loves a child, but those of you who are parents know that not everything your child asks you, you grant or let it be done. We often forget that God is our father and also our king and we as his children are subject to him.
How then can we pray the Our Father if we are not ready to actually accept what God has planned or decided. It makes us hypocrites when we pray the Our Father. It makes us like the Jewish leaders that Jesus spoke out against. We like the Pharisees pray and act piously on the outside but on the inside we have no we are full of pride and act like thanks to our merits our prayers will for sure be answered.
With this in mind I would like to raise up another point, we like to think that thanks to our merits our prayers will be answered. We act like children who think because they kiss up to their parents they will get whatever they want and it makes us and when we see a person more sinful than us have their prayer answered. Again we want to limit God and expect him to reward us all the time because we are faithful to him. At we aren’t following God because we love him, but because we want something from him. We treat him as we would someone we are taking advantage of; only enjoying the friendship because we are getting something out of it and not because we enjoy the company of the person.
I would like to end with a call to action. Let us all truly accept that God’s will be done even if it’s not what we had in mind. Let pray the Our Father and actually mean what we pray that his will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Here Job puts in very clearly
He said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord !” But he said to her, “You speak as foolish women do. We accept good things from God; should we not accept evil?” Through all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
-Job 1:21; 2:10
Let us also ponder on those verses and may God bless you all +