I recently had a hard time praying for a difficult situation. It was not clear to me how I should proceed. I didn’t know what was right. I was in turmoil. I couldn’t find the words to pray. They were not coming.
I searched the Bible. I looked for scriptures to give me guidance in praying for this particular situation, but I could not find anything that directly applied.
Then I asked the Lord to help me pray for this situation, and he reminded me of how Jesus taught his disciples to pray: “Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.” I grabbed hold of those words: “Your will be done.” That was the guidance I needed. Those were the words I needed to pray.
And so I prayed, “Lord I don’t know how to pray, but I do know Jesus said to pray for your will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. And so I ask for just that. Whatever it is, I ask for your will to be done. That you would do whatever you are willing to do in this situation. And that I will accept it and trust in you.”
After I prayed that I felt such peace. The situation was beyond me but not beyond God’s wisdom and care. Praying this way gave me direction. Praying this way gave me peace.
“This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9-10