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Should we pray, "not mine, but thy will be done?"


The scriptures where Jesus prays to the Father, before His crucifixion, "not Mine, but Thy will be done", is cited most often for why we should also pray this way. But, let's look at these scriptures and possibly the reason why Jesus said this.


Jesus knew that He was born to save a lost world.

So why did Jesus pray "not Mine, but Thy will be done?"

When Jesus said this at Gethsemane, according to Luke's gospel, (Luke a physician by trade) its recorded that, He was sweating drops of blood, Luke 22:44, This shows Jesus in the fullness of His humanity, as the Son of Man, the King of the Jews and the servant of man.


The Lord's prayer is the other occurrence where it's recorded, "Your will be done".

it is found in both Matthew 6:9 and Luke 11:2. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

So what does "Thy will be done", mean?

It is the Father's will that the kingdom would come, on earth as it is in heaven. Perhaps how the kingdom comes is a still a mystery. Most likely, this means that each persons hearts desire would be to usher in the kingdom of heaven, here on earth.


When we pray not mine, but Thy will be done we are in essence saying, to the Father, either outcome, (it really does not matter). If this is your thoughts and philosophy, why bother to pray.

The most important reason why we should not pray "not my will but, Thy be done" is that we should know the Father's will! If we are walking in His ways, we will then know His will and we will not need to question it. For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, Colossians 1:9.

How do we get to know what the Father's will is?
By reading God's scripture, believing in Him, praising Him and praying to Him.