Not My Will, But Thine Be Done – Sermon Follow Up
This past Sunday at the North Campus we started a sermon series on The Abundant Life (John 10:10). In the series we’ll be looking at what the abundant life is that Jesus offers and how that abundant life is lived out in practical ways. We started by looking at prayer.
One element of the abundant life we have in Christ is that we can now “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
What an amazing thing that we can approach the throne of the God of the universe!!
We talked about what prayer is as well as when and how to pray. Today, I’d like to look at the purpose and attitude of our prayers.
God-pleasing prayer in the Bible is never an attempt to merit His favor, or induce Him to action by means of human efforts, promises, persuasion, or through some “magical” or mechanical incantation or formula. The truth is we never merit God’s favor. We have God’s favor only because of His love for us and Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Rather than trying to manipulate God through our prayers our attitude should be like Christ. Unlike us, Jesus did merit the Father’s favor, yet see Jesus’ attitude towards the Father. He pours out His heart to the Father and presents His request (“take this cup from Me”), but then He submits His will to the Father’s. He does this because He trusts that the Father’s will is loving and perfect. When we pray we submit our will to God’s not just because He is the creator and we are the created, but because we know He is good and loving and perfect and we can trust His will even above our own will…especially over our own will.
Thank You for making a way for me to enter into Your presence and speak with You through prayer. I have many concerns and troubles and many requests that I bring before You; but I know You are good and Your will is perfect and You love me. So, I trust You and pray with Jesus, Thy will be done.
You can watch the whole sermon here: