When you pray: “Thy will be done…” Do you really mean it?

Many people know “The Lord’s Prayer,” but how many actually live it out or believe in it whole-heartedly?  Are people just going through the motions?  Besides, what is so challenging about “Thy Will Be Done” anyway?  Frankly, everything about those words is challenging.

I am not ashamed to say that I am a control freak.  I have trouble giving anyone any kind of control over me.  Said differently, I don’t trust too easily.  I have a saying that I operate by; “I trust you completely until…” You can fill in the blanks.

You would think it would be easy or at least easier to give up my “Trust” component to God right?  I mean He’s the one who ultimately created everything and “knows what I need before I even have to ask” right?  So what makes it so hard for me to give up my will and embrace God’s will?

The simple answer is that I have more ‘ego’ than the Titanic has room for.  Though I don’t want to admit it, I have a fear of losing myself.  If I give over my will to God and ask Him what His will is for me in my life, what might happen?  Besides, what if His will doesn’t coincide with what I might want in my life?  Shouldn’t I have a say in that?  What if I lose who I am in the process of giving over my will to God?

And yet, when I put it from the perspective that THE all knowing God created EVERYTHING, and knows even the number of hairs on my head, how can anything that He wills for me be bad in any way shape or form?  How could He spend so much time creating everything, including me and will anything bad for me?  Why wouldn’t I want to say and commit to anything but, “Thy will be done” in my prayer?

I have a beautiful 3 year-old son who I love with all of my heart.  There are at least 3 instances out of every day where I am having him do things against his own will.  Not because I want to hurt him, but because I know what’s best for him and his growth and development as a human being, as an individual, and eventually one day, as a father himself.   Now if I know what is needed for my son’s growth and well being, how infinitely more does God know that for me?

I have found time and time again, that those who give up the will of their life in exchange for the will of God’s get it back ten fold.   I am no exception.  There is no way I could have ever imagined the places I have traveled, the hundreds of people that I serve, because I have been sincerely trying to commit to “Thy will be done” in my life.

To be clear, this is a daily challenge.  As long as I am “in this world,” those temptations that might provoke and tug at my ego to do “my will,” will always be present.  That’s a reality, but so are the wondrous plans that God has brought to fruition for me and will continue to do so in the future as “I lay down my will” for His.



To commit to “thy will be done” for my life

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Author:Rubi Ho

Rubi Ho is Vice President of Sherpa Executive Coaching in Cincinnati, Ohio. He works with senior executives and their organizations on leadership development and the integration of leadership and executive coaching into their cultures. Born in Vietnam, he and his family escaped from Saigon in 1975, the day before it fell. He resides with his lovely wife and 3 year old son in Cincinnati, OH.


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