|Luke 11:1-4 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread, 4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”|
|Consider these three aspects of God’s will.|
|1. God’s Will of Purpose|
This is His sovereign plan. This aspect of His will is always perfectly carried out. Nothing can thwart it.
To pray for this aspect of His will is to submit to His sovereign plan and express our desire to see it carried out.
|2. God’s Will of Pleasure|
His will of desire. Not everything God desires is done in this world. In fact, this world is largely in rebellion against what pleases Him.
To pray for this aspect of His will is to express a longing that the day would come when the world would come under His authority and all things would once again please Him.
|3. God’s Will of Precept|
This is His will for His children. He has given commands for those who love Him. He desires that we would obey them fully, joyously and immediately – just as His will is done in Heaven.
To pray for this aspect of His will to be done is to present ourselves to Him in complete obedience. It is to pray that His will first be accomplished through us as we obey Him.