Sunday Devotional Playlist:
This week’s playlist starts with some songs to sing along with, but then will move into some instrumental music as a backdrop to your devotional time.
Feel free to use the opening songs as moments to worship, or just have them as background music while you read. It’s up to you!
Hit play on the video above and it will run through the songs in the playlist.
One of the beautiful aspects of this season is all that it invites us into. With so much of our usual complexity changing we have the opportunity to consider again what is vital to our walk with Jesus. It continues to be a season of evaluation of what is rich and purposeful in our lives and what we can potentially do without and through it all we get to acknowledge to a much deeper level our dependance on God.
With that in mind the spiritual discipline of prayer continues to be critical in nurturing that dependance. One specific part of the instruction Jesus gave to us around prayer is in Mathew 6:10 and it holds a key to how we should frame prayer in our life. I believe it is how we should start, end and guide prayer allowing it to give purpose to our life beyond the prayer. If we can let the reality of this verse inform how we pray and how we then respond with our lives then we will discover new levels of dependancy to God.
…your kingdom come,Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
What does it really mean for us to pray, “Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done?”. Isn’t it the case that God’s will is a given, a total guarantee? Well, in an ultimate sense yes, but without being contradictory, also no.
It’s important for us to acknowledge that God allows for us to make decisions that sometimes resist His will for our lives. This is where Matthew 6:10 becomes a prayer for ourselves as much as it is about something that happens apart from us. Within these few words Jesus is teaching us and inviting us to yield to the Father’s will. It’s the type of yielding that has us become conscious to the fact that there is a greater and better will for our lives and maybe a way that is different to the path we have already charted.
Jesus specifically tells us to ask God to allow His Kingdom and His Will to come and to be done. This is where the prayer becomes the clearest choice and greatest potential conflict our lives will ever face…will we align with God’s will or to our own will?
The choice will always be my will or His will. It’s not simply “can I align my will to that of Jesus in how and what I pray for?” but “can I align my will to that of Jesus in how those prayers orientate how I live my life?”
To this end, the aligning of my will to God’s holds the key to His kingdom coming as it begins to be expressed in the kingdom aligned life I live. How I pray and how I live are not separate issues, they are both connected and both built upon me aligning my life to that of God’s kingdom.
This beautiful invitation to surrender, to choose deep dependancy, is where we begin to pray the prayers that God is eager to answer. It will cause us to stop pleading for God to be on our side and teaches us to get ourselves onto God’s side, his way of seeing our lives and the situations we face. It is from this point of surrender that we can begin to see and understand God’s will.
Through this, we become the answer to the prayers we begin to pray, the solution to the problems we face, we invite ourselves to declare that our words and our deeds would line up the the words and will of God.
Lord, teach us your will for our lives, and let your will be done! Let us pray like this, in Jesus Name!
- What are some specific areas of your life where you need to invite God to reveal his will, where we need his clarity. Allow these things to form part of what you begin to pray about.
- What areas of conflict between our will and God’s will are we able to acknowledge. Allow these to form part of how we pray courageous prayers that see us challenged and changed.