"Thy Will, Not Mine"
September 11, 2012
(Jesus said) "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9-10
The famous TV evangelist assured his listeners that if they gave a gift to his ministry God would bless them.
He promised that every giver would receive a "life-changing creative idea, supernatural favor, and a debt-canceling miracle." Even more, his audience was assured God had given them the power to get wealth. It was that assurance which had the evangelist issue the challenge: "I dare you ... I double-dog dare you to lay hold on your belly right now, and with a heart full of faith shout as loud as you can, 'I have been given the power to get wealth.'"
When I heard those words, I thought, Wow! I don't remember my professors at seminary teaching me that. I must have been sick when they covered that material. Amazingly, none of my old classmates could remember such a class either.
The sad, sorry reality of life is this: humans, including this evangelist, believe they, not God, know what is best.
Think about it. It didn't take too much urging for Adam and Eve to be convinced that they, not God, should hold the reins. The rest of the Old and New Testaments, indeed, all of human history provides ample evidence that our original ancestors were the rule and not the exception.
Yes, I know, we officially and publicly pray as Jesus taught us. In our worship, both public and private, we ask that the Lord's will be as honored and as successful here on earth, as it is in heaven above.
But, and here I can speak only for myself, if the Lord looked into my heart and mind, it wouldn't take too long for Him to discover that way down deep Ken Klaus was pretty sure he knew what was best. Ken Klaus thought that God would do well, if He complied with my will, my wishes and my wisdom. In short, unlike Jesus, I was praying, "Nevertheless, dear Father, not Thy will, but mine be done."
How sad a commentary that is on me, and probably you, too. God has called into being all that is. He has protected us, cared for us, and helped us through situations we never knew existed. He can plainly see the future and what is best for us. Indeed, He even sent His Son into this world to give His life, so we might have everything needful to be saved.
In spite of all that, ungrateful sinners that we are, we keep on telling the Lord what He should do. We who have seen the scope of His love should know better. He most certainly deserves better. We pray:
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, forgive my many sins. Especially today do I repent of my pride, which says I know better than You. Grant me a faith that prays and means it when it says, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries