Will - Not Our Will
Understanding The Reason For
Praying And Accepting God's Will And Not Our
When we are shown truths we
should tell others... Here's one such truth.
The Lord teaches us in the
prayer HE taught HIS disciples to pray "Our
Father's Will Be Done." We know it as The
Lord's Prayer. I knew the reasons but here is one
reason I felt the need to publish.
A man was dying. This man
was highly regarded by the church members. The
church members were praying for a healing. They
were good and faithful members and had no doubt
that he would be healed. He died! I am told that
some of the members were angry at God because HE
did not heal this man. Obviously, they were angry
because "their" will was not done.
There was a reason...
What They Did Not Know...
I had prayed with this man soon after he was
diagnosed with terminal cancer. During the prayer
the Lord gave me a message to give to the dying
man. There was no doubt it was from God. The
message came to me as another person was praying
aloud and I was praying silently or listening...
The Lord actually made me stop the prayer from
the person who was praying aloud and deliver the
message. I was ashamed to tell that person to
stop as "I had a message from our
Lord." I did interrupt and I really do not
believe I knew the message until I began speaking
it. I may have had some idea but not to my
knowledge. It came to me in words that I did not
use. This happened nearly a year before I started
and I was not well versed in formal scripture and
formal terms. As I delivered the message I heard
myself saying that, "IF THIS MAN WOULD MAKE
A COVENANT WITH THE LORD AND HONOR IT, HE WAS
ALREADY HEALED." I was sure of it as I
delivered it. I explained to him and to the
person who was praying, that I had a message from
the Lord and it would not wait.
In the first place, I would
not have used the word "covenant" I am
sure I would have used the word
"agreement" or "promise." I
heard myself delivering the message and was not
humbled or had any feeling as I delivered the
message. As I type this I am greatly moved as I
remember the miracle. However, at the moment I
delivered it I was numb... no emotion at all.
The reason the man died was
because he did not make the covenant... at least
not to my knowledge... and I waited each day as I
visited him in the hospital to hear him say it.
He never said it. I would pray with him at his
bed in the hospital and the prayers were from the
Spirit of God! I knew it! I had completely
forgiven this man of all wrong doings and my
prayers were not obstructed by the sin of non
forgiveness. The prayers were pure. It never
happened because he never made the covenant. He
may have done so in a state of unconsciousness
but I don't believe so or he would have
The members of his church
were never told about this conditional healing
that had already happened... if he would have
made the covenant. So, you see the faith of these
people was weakened because they thought God did
not answer their earnest prayers and in truth God
had answered it but it was already made
conditional on this man's willingness to make
things right with the people he had sinned
against. That was part of the covenant...
"that he ask certain people to forgive
him... to tell them that what he did was wrong
and not of God."
These people had been turned
cold towards God by his sins and I believe many,
if not all would have seen the light of God if
this confession had been made. In other words,
his sins would have been reversed and would have
become a healing witness and caused many to turn
to God. You see this man had a reputation among
the sinners he had done business with and they
felt they had been cheated in business by this
man who they deemed a hypocrite and typical of
God's people. It is not typical among the true
people of God but these sinners did not know it.
SUMMATION: If the church
members had simply asked that God's
"will" be done and if they had accepted
that lesson taught us by our Lord, they would not
have been bitter and would have not doubted God
at all. This is why it is so important to ask HIS
will be done and have faith that HE knows all,
what our needs are and what can be done. We only
see in part. HE knows all.
Better yet... What if this
man had made that covenant? What if this man had
made his confession public and his healing made
public? The testimony could have done so much for
so many. The evils of Satan would have been
reversed and become goodness from God, bringing
many to God? Bringing full meaning to the
scripture; "all things work for
the good of those who love HIM, who have been
called according to his purpose." Even
though this man had failed, he could have been
washed clean, fully restoring him and using him
in service to the Creator and eternity with
Jesus. Seems so simple... Truth, Confession,
Repentance... so simple.
Yes Father, we ask that
"your will be done on earth as it is in