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"Your Will Be Done"

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"Now Samuel said to all Israel: "Indeed I have heeded your voice in all that you said to me, and have made a king over you."

1 Samuel 12:1

When we pray we either ask God to do what we think is best based on what we see, think, feel and want or we pray, "Your will be done" and trust that God has our best interest in mind always. The best prayer we can offer to God always will be, "Your will be done" and sadly that is not what the children of Israel did here in 1 Samuel 12. Israel up to this point had enjoyed God Himself as their king and yet somehow that was not enough for them. They wanted a king like the other nations around them and reluctantly the Lord grants their request. It has been well said, "God gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him" but when we demand our own way and God leaves us to make our own choices we never arrive at the desired end that we had hoped for and for good reason. We can't see the end from the beginning, only God can. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

We have a King over us, His name is Jesus! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and wants you and I to enjoy life in His kingdom. Just like the Lord provided for the nation of Israel He provides for us too. Why would we look any place else than to the Lord? Just like Israel we rebel, we think we know best based upon how we see, think, feel and what we want so we ignore the instruction of God as if He is too distant to understand our current situation.

Thank God He knows us better than we know ourselves and doesn't just strike us dead when we reject His council or refuse to walk in His ways. No, loved one, God is patient and kind to us even in our stubbornness and rebellion. He loves us like a Father loves his son and instead the Lord chastens us in love. When we turn back to God He promises to be there, and just like He did for Israel, He will once again reign over us. God doesn't force His will upon us, as the God of love, God has given to us free will, the ability to choose whom we will serve. And prayer is where God loves that we make that choice known for it is in prayer where God communicates with His children and where we demonstrate our dependence upon Him.

Prayer is the proof of our love, and love is the fruit of prayer. If we love God we will seek God and if we seek God we will love God and in turn we will love His people too. Try it for yourself. Its been well said, "we can not hate those we consistently pray for" and its true as God changes our heart and in time we begin to take on God's heart as our own. It's a beautiful thing to see and here in chapter 12 Samuel is modeling a genuine faith by praying "Not my will but Yours be done" as he intercedes for the nation even though they are in the wrong in wanting what God does not. May you and I be like Samuel here when others live in rebellion to God, loving them still and praying for them all the while warning and admonishing them to come back and live under the rule and reign of Jesus Christ, our King.


"Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way. Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king."

1 Samuel 12:23-25

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