Often people complain that it seems their prayers never get answered.  What can they do so God will answer their prayers?  The problem, though, is not how we pray, but what we pray.  There is one prayer that God always answers.  If we pray this prayer we know without a doubt it will be answered.  Do you know what the prayer is that is always answered?  It’s four simple one-syllable words: “Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10).  Pray that and mean it and it will always be answered.

Unfortunately many people pray these words without the faintest notion of what they are praying.  They ask for God’s will to be done, but don’t know what that will is.  They can just become words we recite by memory without any real intention of doing what we can to see that the Father’s will is indeed done.

Too often its tempting to pray for MY will to be done, for God to change His will to match my desire.  Or we want Him to rubber stamp what we want and make that His will.  But doesn’t do that and He never will.   It is HIS will that must be done.

The Greek grammar used here is interesting as well.  The request is for something to be done right now, immediately, this instant.  It isn’t a request for something in the far distant future but for this very instant.  Also this is a command. It is an imperative.  It’s not a mild wish or a suggestion.  It is praying,  “I really, really want your perfect will to be done in me and this world this very instant!”

It’s a difficult prayer to sincerely say because it is admitting that God has a will for our lives which may be different than our own plans and desires.  On top of that it is stating that when our will conflicts with his we want His will to prevail over our will.  That can mean discomfort, pain or even suffering.  There are no guarantees in life.  As Christians we are not guaranteed life will be smooth, easy, painless or enjoyable.  But we are guaranteed that, if we let Him, God will have His will done in and through us. He also promises He won’t give us more than we can bear with His help, that He will always be with us and will never leave or forsake us. That we are guaranteed, and what could be better than that!

(Written by Jerry Schmoyer, 2014.  You can find more of his writings at  If you have questions or suggestions feel free to contact him at


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