Prayer Focus: Surrender

Prayer can come down to a battle of wills.

“…your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10b ESV)

It is a battle of wills.

That statement is a great description of prayer. We often approach prayer with personal agendas. We want our will to be done. However, Jesus emphasized the priority of prayer is God’s agenda, not ours. We are to pray for His will to be done on earth the same way it is done in heaven.

Think about it. God issues a command in heaven; the angels obey it without hesitation (Ps. 103:20). God issues a command on earth; humans often disobey it without hesitation (Gen. 3:6). Obedience and holiness are present in heaven. Rebellion and sin are present on earth.

The missionary endeavor seeks to eradicate man’s rebellion and sin through the Gospel of Jesus.

Praying your will be done, can be summarized in one word: surrender. Prayer involves surrendering our will to God’s will. And the outward manifestation of surrender is obedience.

God wants disciples to be made from all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). Pray that His church surrenders to His will.

This week, let’s pray:

“Lord, I often desire my will over Yours. Please forgive me. Today, I surrender my will to Yours. I ask that Your will be done in my life, in my church, and in my witness.”

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Bobby Hile

Bobby Hile was ABWE’s Director of Long-Term Mobilization. Prior to that, he served for 9 years as a senior pastor in Ohio and for almost 20 years with ABWE as a missionary in South Africa.