Have you ever been in the middle of a conflict? Or perhaps you’ve witnessed church leaders passionately debating church matters? Did a neighbor, a relative ― or maybe even a stranger ― ever initiate a conflict with you? Or maybe it was you who started it? I don’t know about you, but I can answer Yes! to all of those questions.
Why is it that we all find ourselves in some level of conflict, even amongst believers? It can happen due to personality or cultural differences, but sins, such as pride and fear, can also be the cause. That is why we need the Lord. One can find much freedom in learning to pray the way Jesus taught us. Especially in Matthew 6:10.
When we pray “Your Kingdom come” we are saying, “Let Your reign and everything that it means take over everything that we know and hold dear. I choose Your kingdom above everything, no matter the cost.” We are also saying, “It’s about Your Kingdom Lord, not mine. I must decrease that you may increase.”
Praying Your will be done is how Jesus prayed just before being put to death and shame on the cross for us (Matthew 26:39. As dire an outcome as it seemed to be, it was for the best. You and I can only know salvation and the grace of God’s Kingdom and His will being accomplished because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Here's something to remember the next time you encounter conflicts: they often resolve when we humble ourselves to say, and truly mean, “Your will be done.”
Father, You know me. You know I like to make my own plans and have things my way. I want to surrender to you today. Align my will with Yours. Help me humble myself. Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Go Deeper – Write down the Lord’s Prayer as found in Matthew 6:9-13 on the left side of a piece of paper. Then write down any conflicts you might have with others on the right side. Ask God to help you honestly pray about how to resolve these conflicts according to His will.
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