5th Tuesday in Lent
May your will come about on earth as in heaven.
What is this? Answer:
In fact, God’s good and gracious will comes about without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may also come about in and among us.
So here also: although we have prayed for what is most necessary – for the gospel, for faith, and for the Holy Spirit, that he may govern us who have been redeemed from the power of the devil – we must also pray that God will cause his will to be done. If we try to hold these treasures fast, we will have to suffer an astonishing number of attacks and assaults from all who venture to hinder and thwart the fulfillment of the first two petitions.
He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” Luke 22:39-42
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
Jesus knew what fate lay ahead of him and prayed to be spared – but he submits to his Father’s will. When our desperate prayers are not answered, we feel all alone and start to doubt that there is a God. Only in retrospect do we recognize his plan and guidance. To me “Thy will be done” is a comforting thought. Psalm 23 is my favorite prayer:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Put a coin in your bank today for every prayer you ask for an opportunity to share God’s love with someone. Expect to be delighted by God’s answers.