Luke 11:1 "His disciples said unto Him, Lord teach us to pray."
Luke 11:2: And He said unto them, "When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth."
These scriptures to be our text for a Biblical Gem to follow are probably thought of and partially spoken, millions and millions of times, by millions of people every day. Millions of people world wide, may in a semi-alert condition of mind catch themselves silently thinking; "Father, may Thy will be done." When so: they may be unaware that it actually becomes a prayer to God for their future, even though they do not even know God's will for their future. I catch myself often doing this and I realize if I could know God's will for my future, it might be disappointing and unwanted. We do know the Bible clearly shows that Jesus knew God's will for His future, and He did not want it to happen. He had a flesh and blood body just like you and I, and He knew terrible pain would be used in a crucifixion to end His earthly life. He prayed to God, His Father, about it in Matthew 26:39. And He went a little farther, and fell on His face, and prayed saying. "O Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: Never the less not as I wilt, but as Thou wilt." Matt. 26:42 He went away the second time, and prayed saying, "O Father if this cup may not pass away from Me, except that I drink it, let Thy will be done." Jesus knew His Father, wanted Him to be a pattern to show others how to live this flesh and blood life and gain salvation. And all after Him should feel deep love and gratitude that to be our savior he accepted that painfully dreaded crucifixion to save us from an eternal separation from God and death. Jesus knew the terrible future that awaited Him and to fulfill God's plan for all to follow He said to God "Let Thy will be done." If you think deeply about this, could you have said to God, Let Thy will be done", like Jesus did? But now to appreciate Jesus more let us consider what Jesus could have done. Matthew 26:53 "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will presently give me more than twelve legions of angels. But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that this must be? Matt. 57: And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and elders were assembled. (My thought is, it was the false preachers and religious leaders who condemned Jesus, and it was not the evil people of His time). Do you agree that many high toned preachers of today are preaching things that cannot be found in your Bible? Jesus warned of it and stated we should not be deceived by them.
And now let us consider if we automatically use the thought, "Let Thy will be done and not even aware it is directed toward God", it does become a prayer. You are asking God to do His will in your future, whether you know His will or not. I catch myself often doing this and I always pause and pray; yes Lord, let Your will be done. I believe God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in them. If that is true, God truly is ALMIGHTY and therefore He cannot be wrong, but will always be right. And even though many things may be disappointing in my future, He knows what is right and best for me in this life. So if I am not fully alert when I say, let Thy will be done, if I do become alert in my thinking I will say, yes Lord this is my prayer. Let Thy will be done.
If we cannot know what Jesus did when He considered His painful future and still said to His Father, God, "Not My will, but Thine be done", we are not worthy of Him. So regardless of what the future holds for us, we should be willing to say as He said, "Not my will but Thine be done. Can we always do that seriously even though it may have become just a habit with many of us?