Sunday Meditation – Your Will Be Done

“As we pray ‘Your will be done,’ we are not only to obey actively, but to love the commandments of God, and to have our hearts carried out in greater desire for them, and to prefer them before liberty itself. We pray for his will over ours. Our will is the proudest enemy Christ has on this side of hell, and the cause of all the mischief that befalls us. The great contest between God and us is whose will shall stand: God’s will, or ours? When we so pray that God’s will be done, we are begging for a willing heart to do his will (Psa 143:10) and for skill to carry it out: ‘Now may the God of peace . . . equip you with everything good that you may do his will’ (Heb 13:20-21). God will give us a heart to do his will, and the skill and strength. He will draw us off from other things – pleasures, honors, and profits – and draw us to himself: ‘Draw me after you’ (Song 1:4).”

Thomas Manton


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