An idea occurred to me as I drove to Northern Ontario, Canada to help my sister and brother-in-law operate their fishing resort. They obviously knew a lot more about how to run one than I did. How could I be of the greatest benefit and not a hindrance during my two week visit? I settled on a simple plan.

Each day I would make it my goal to serve them by asking, “So what would you like me to do today.” Their wish became my command for the day. Two weeks passed quickly and I left with a deep satisfaction of having helped them by responding to their needs.

On my drive home, I had another thought, What would it look like to start each day with the same simple plan spiritually? What if I started each day with the question, “God, what would you like me to do today?”

Just as I trusted my sister and brother-in-law to have far more knowledge of what was important for running a fishing business, in the same way I can trust God to have far more insight on everything in my day and the world around me. Because I know He does have far superior knowledge, seeking His will daily is a prudent and wise course of action. This humble act is, in fact, the logical application of “Your kingdom come.” Allowing God to be Lord by obeying His direction is our part in answering the prayer: “your will be done on earth.”

Lord Jesus, I confess my tendency toward independence from you and your desires. I want to trust you and acknowledge your will is the best plan. I humble myself before you to say “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” in my life. What is it that you would like me to do today? Amen.

Go Deeper — Do you trust God? Start each day for the next week with, “God what would you like me to do today?” Listen for His Spirit’s direction. Is there anything that would keep you from trusting God, seeking His will, or asking this question?

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Tags: The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6
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