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Not As I Will, But As You Will

…because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Romans 1:21 (NKJV)

Have you ever heard someone say, "I give God all the glory"when they have done something good or worthy of praise?  I’m sure you have, and it is a proper response if The Lord has given them the ability and opportunity to do something good.  

When we say, “I want to give God all the glory,” what does it really mean to glorify God?

It means to bring Him honor through what we say, how we act, and how we think. He alone is the One who is worthy of our worship, adoration, and praise. He is the creatorof the universe and the purpose of all life. 

We, too, have been designed and created by God for His glory.  This means whatever we do and say, it should be done with this purpose in mind. Jesus spoke of this very thing as recorded in the Book of Matthew. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

One of the ways that we can fail to glorify God is when we argue with Him.  We do this when we insist on our way in our life.  We can do this in our prayers to Him by insisting something be done in a certain way, or by a certain time, rather than asking for His will to be done in the prayer request.  We might not realize it, but when we insist on our way, we are basically saying, “Hey God, I know what is best, so do it this way…”And when we start to have this attitude, we are attempting to take the role of the Lord and expecting Him to be our servant, or genie in a bottle, so to speak.  This is not glorifying at all, and in fact, it is disrespectful.

When we petition God in a prayer request—whether it is for someone else or for ourselves—we ultimately need to ask for Hiswill to be done.  Jesus modeled this perfectly in the Garden of Gethsemane when praying to His Father.

“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)

Our Heavenly Father knows what we need, and what we don’t need for that matter.  Our asking that Hiswill be done is all a part of our faith and trust being built up as His children.  There is nothing wrong with asking for specific things you feel you or someone else may need, but we must respect God and end each prayer asking for His will to be done.  This is giving God the respect and reverence due Him, and it is the assurance of the best possible outcome being achieved in our prayers.  After all, Father knows best!

STUDY QUESTION: Why should we ask for God’s will be done in our prayers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself asking for specific things in your prayer without also asking, “but not my will, may your will be done father.”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask for God’s will to be done in every prayer request, because you will have the peace of knowing that His perfect way will in fact be done.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:  Father Thank You for allowing me to come directly to you in prayer. I know Your ways are perfect, and that You truly know best for my life.  I trust You completely, and I ask Your will be done in my life this day.  I ask this in Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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