Four simple words contained in the “Lord’s Prayer”— “Thy will be done.” These simple words carry the impact of a cyclone in our lives. I’m sure these few words have been the subject of many a sermon, books, and theological treatises, but it also can be an inspiration for a quiet meditation, or simple prayer to God when we are lost and confused. How do we distinguish between God’s will and our own? Are the small tendencies, fancies, and inclinations in our daily life derived from our own ego or from God? Or as Tom’s Sufis believe they’re from neither God or Self, and are enemies that prevent the finding of our true self and God’s will for us?
If I believe that God sent Jesus to the world to give us a glimpse of his nature and his will. Then we have guidance in our daily struggles. His will is contained in the message of love for our neighbor and our self, forgiveness of our enemies and our self, withholding judgment for all and our self, and to be not afraid.(Luke 12:7). Christians pray, “thy will be done” like we advise people to vote in the South – “early and often.” I’m confident that the many other faiths in the world have a similar prayer. It rolls of our tongue without thinking. Perhaps as we pray and meditate, we should occasionally pause at those four words and ask whether our lives honor our request.