The Best Prayer of All

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“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15

“And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.

““Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.” Mt. 6:8-10

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4;6-7

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

My 15-year-old dog Dancer found years ago on a 3-foot chain or tie-out without food or water and taken to an animal shelter where he would have likely been euthanized was having a medical issue – again.

The issue wasn’t extraordinary or altogether daunting with one exception. He had a long-time history of aggression in certain circumstances – like being at the vet’s. The last thing in the world I felt I needed was another issue. More stress.

I decided I could use some comfort and encouragement and counsel not to mention prayer, so I called a dear friend. And told her the situation and asked her to pray. She would know exactly how to pray given her love for the Lord and her love for dogs not to mention her medical expertise given she was a retired nurse.

I looked forward to her extravagant, detailed, wonderful, very specific-to-the-situation prayer. That’s when it happened. The Lord used her to remind me of the best prayer of all.

“Lord, let your will be done!” she exclaimed.

Then, for all intents and purposes, she was done. I don’t remember a single other thing she prayed. Oh, I do believe she may have prayed a few brief things. But nothing worthy of noting let alone recalling. For her words stood out to me so loudly and clearly.

Lord, let your will be done!

Her prayer, even as I reflect on it now, reminds me of this:

* THE LORD’S WILL IS ALWAYS BEST
* HE IS ALL KNOWING AND ALL POWERFUL
* HE KNOWS OUR NEEDS BEFORE WE ASK
* HE IS ALWAYS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES
* HE CAN USE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FOR HIS GLORY
* HE WANTS AND DESERVES OUR TRUST IN ALL THINGS AT ALL TIMES
* HE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL NOT ACCORDING TO OUR FLESH
* WHEN HE DOESN’T ANSWER OUR PRAYERS ACCORDING TO OUR DESIRES IT’S BECAUSE HE HAS A PURPOSE IN SAYING NO WHICH MAY INCLUDE USING OUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO CONFORM US TO HIMSELF, TO TEACH US SOMETHING, TO PREPARE US, TO TEST US, ETC.
* HE SEES THE WHOLE PICTURE AND NOT JUST PIECES OF IT LIKE WE DO

There is absolutely nothing wrong with praying to the Lord with specifics. Over and again in His Word, He teaches and encourages us to pray. His children throughout time have prayed to Him all sorts of specific prayers, and He encourages us to pour out our hearts to Him.

But when we pray, we need to trust Him to answer according to His will. In fact, His Spirit when we yield to Him will help us to pray according to His will. And, when we entrust our hearts to Him, and our prayers to Him, we need to entrust the answers to Him.

The best prayer of all, ultimately, is this one.

Lord, let your will be done!

Why is this the very best prayer of all? Because JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! And God’s ways are the very best. So even when we cry out to Him with specifics and details in our prayers concerning the different matters we bring before the Lord in prayer, let us strive in the deep of our hearts to cry out this above all else.

Lord, I love you!
Lord, I trust you!
Lord, let your will be done!
AMEN!

I felt peaceful when my friend finished praying. Not because I knew how the Lord would answer the cries of my heart. But because I was reminded in the way she prayed that the Lord truly does know what’s best. I was reminded to put my trust in Him.

And in the time we spent together on the telephone, once she prayed, I remembered to place my trust in Jesus. Knowing full well God will answer according to His will which is always best for His glory which is always the ultimate goal.

Lord, let your will be done! AMEN!

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