Q: I have a relative who would like to know where in the Bible it says, “God Willing.”  Why do we say that when we pray?

A: There are others, but here are two significant places in the Bible where we are encouraged to pray according to God’s Will:

  • “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
  • “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” (Matthew 26:42)

When we pray, we pray for God’s Will.  Jesus both instructed us to do that in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6), but He also modeled it when He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:42).  Sometimes people will say that we weaken the prayer by adding the word “if” … but Jesus, himself did it.  Furthermore, we are not praying “if you can do it, God” … because we know He can do all things.  What we are praying is “if it be your will” … meaning that we do not see all things like God does, and we do not presuppose to have all knowledge.  It is entirely possible that God’s will is different than what we desire – we are sinful, weak and selfish.  Wouldn’t it be better to receive what is God’s will, rather than the desire of our sinful heart?

Blessings,

Pastor Augie

P.S.  Praying “if it be your will, Lord” is actually similar to praying “in Jesus’ Name” … since God can’t do anything in the name of Jesus, that is contrary to His will.