There are four simple words that will revolutionize your walk with God: Your will be done.
Matthew 26 tells us that Jesus prayed those words three times. In his most agonizing, painful, sorrowful time, Jesus cried out to God. He asked God to take the cup away from him, to find another way, to free him from His wrath…but he finished the prayer with this: Your will be done.
You see, Jesus understood this: prayer doesn’t change God’s mind, it changes our hearts. It changed my heart.
I remember a day towards the end of May 2009. It was less than one month before I was to be married to Isaac, my fiancé who was battling osteosarcoma. He came over to tell me his latest set of scan results. In my mind I thought “This is it God. I know You wouldn’t let us get married if Your plan wasn’t to heal Isaac.” But, Isaac had different news: the cancer was still there.
I was ANGRY at God. I couldn’t believe He would let me down like this. I cried and I yelled. I threatened to walk away from my faith. I reminded God of all the faithful and spiritual things Isaac and I had done to honor Him in our relationship.
I eventually came to a conclusion. I couldn’t get angry every time we got news that I didn’t like. I couldn’t bring God any glory if I was full of bitterness. I couldn’t go through the most difficult trial of my life without my best friend, my Savior, by my side.
So, I started praying differently. Rather than praying just “God please heal Isaac.” I prayed “God, I really want You to heal Isaac. But if that’s not Your will, then okay. Just get me through it, give me strength, help me be okay.” And God answered.
It’s been 6 months since Isaac met Jesus. During the 8 months of our marriage, the news was bad at every turn: there are spots all over the lungs, it’s pneumonia, the lesions have grown, there’s fluid in the lungs, it’s time for oxygen, we need to call hospice. Every time I prayed “God, Your will be done. Just help me accept it. Give me strength.”
Praying those four simple words changed my walk with God. I know He isn’t letting me down when things don’t go the way I want them to. Adding those four simple words to my prayers taught me this: Unlike our circumstances, God NEVER changes. Unlike our circumstances, God is ALWAYS good. That’s why, we don’t sing praises to our circumstances – we sing praises to our God.