May your will be done.
Our will is a huge part of our life. Desire and the pursuit of happiness are pretty much at the bottom of all of our decisions and actions. When man was first created, our free will was a beautiful part of our being, choosing to love and honor God was at the core of everything we did. That all changed in a moment at the fall of man. It was our free will, our ability to make good choices, that was effected most by the fall. Rather than worshiping and loving God, our heart began to pursue other interests. What had happened? Our free will became ensnared in the quagmire of sin We became slaves of our own lusts and as Paul said, “For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” That pretty much sums it up, our free will is messed up until Christ sets us free. Here is how Andrew Murray explained it.
“God created man with a will of his own and the power to choose and make decisions for himself. And after man had fallen and yielded himself to the will of God’s enemy, God in His infinite love set about the great work of winning man back, that man would make the desires of God his own once more. As in God, so in man, desire is the great moving power. And just as man had yielded himself to a life of desire after the things of the earth and the flesh, God had to redeem him into a life of harmony with Himself. And so the Son came into this world to reproduce the divine desires in His human nature. Jesus yielded Himself to the perfect fulfillment of all that God wished and willed. He was even prepared to be forsaken by God, so that the power that had deceived man might be conquered and deliverance procured. It was in the wonderful and complete harmony between the Father and the Son, when the Son said, “May your will be done,” that the great redemption was accomplished.”
Christ became a man to liberate fallen man. That work of liberation began as Jesus spilled great drops of blood praying in Gethsemane, “Not My will Father, but your will be done”. The work of redemption begins with the will. The obedience of Christ changed everything. Through the disobedience of Adam, all of us became sinners, slaves of our fallen will. Through the obedience of Christ, whoever believes on Him experiences this powerful liberation from our fallen will. What a salvation! I can now shout with Jesus, “I delight to do your will oh God”.