Daily Lectionary: Judges 6:25-40; Acts 15:6-21

How is God’s will done? God’s will is done when He breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want to hallow God’s name or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His word and faith until we die. This is his good and gracious will. (Small Catechism: The Lord’s Prayer, Third Petition)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Next to the 5th petition of the Lord’s Prayer, this is probably one of the hardest petitions to pray. Why? Because in this petition we’re praying against ourselves. We’re praying for God’s will to be done, not ours.

But our old sinful nature is dead set on having our own way. We’re always looking out for ourselves. It’s always “my will” be done. And in this way we sin against the First Commandment. We worship, adore, and praise our favorite god: me, myself, and I.

That’s why we pray in this petition that our heavenly Father would break our will, like a trainer breaks in a wild horse. Our will is more than wild; we’re hell bent on doing our will. So God uses His Law like a bit and bridle. He leads us to the still Gospel waters of His good and gracious will, which is far better than anything we could have imagined or willed for ourselves.

Our will leads to death and destruction. God’s will leads to mercy and eternal life. Our will is a foundation of sinking sand. God’s will is a firm foundation in Jesus’ promises. And so God’s will is done when He keeps us steadfast in the Christian faith. God’s will is done when you repent and hear the forgiveness of sins. God’s will is done when your sinful nature is drowned in Holy Baptism. God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven when you kneel and receive Jesus’ last will and testament in His Body and Blood. This is His good and gracious will. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Your gracious will on earth be done As it is done before Your throne, That patiently we may obey Throughout our lives all that You say. Curb flesh and blood and ev’ry ill That sets itself against Your will. (Our Father, Who from Heaven Above, LSB 766:4)

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