YES, the title of my post today is an April Fools Day joke. Now let’s get serious about the subject.
In one of my spiritual formation classes, my assignment is to say the Lord’s Prayer every day. It serves me well. Through its simplicity, I hear the Father say: “Greg, do you really mean it when you pray ‘Thy will be done?’” It's not easy to pray this way. If anyone thinks it is, he has not yet plumbed the depths of “self” within his own heart.
Praying “Thy will be done,” can be perilous—to your self-life! Yesterday, my elderly mother fell and broke her hip; and immediately God’s will for my day was set in motion. After surgery, her long, hard rehabilitation process will begin. My first thought was of her pain. But I have to confess that my second thought was: “How will this affect ‘my’ life and ‘my’ plans?”
Then the Spirit reminded me of my prayer. It wasn’t “My will be done,” but “Thy will be done.” It's not easy to pray, "do whatever you want” when you know that if God has His way, you may not get yours.