Praying for God's Will

~ Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 8:45 AM ~

I read a blog post (I'm sorry but I couldn't find the post anymore no matter how hard I googled for it) a couple of years ago about this lady who prayed for her very very sick mother. Of how sad and heartbreaking for her to see her mother lying on the bed in pain. Of how she prays and prays for her mother to get well and yes, her mother did get well, but only for a while as not long after that, her mother fell more sick and in more pain before finally succumbing to her sickness. The post goes on with how the lady regretted and felt sad with her mother's passing. She realised that she should have prayed for God's will instead of hers. She thought of how God had planned for the way things are to be, only to be interrupted by her own prayers for her mother to get well, and eventually causing more sufferings to her mother.

When I first read this post, I asked myself how could God do this? And to her poor mother?  But after some serious thoughts on this, I realised something. You may disagree with what I'm going to say here.

I mean, think of it this way, if you know your beloved pet is going to die and you have no way to cure or heal it, what would you do?

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Will you pray for it to have a swift and painless death? Or you would rather it just hangs on and you keep hoping for miracle and refusing to accept the fact that it's going to leave you?

Everytime something bad happens, the following came into my mind...

"Trust in our Lord.
Everything happens for a reason,
pray for His will to be done."
~ I'm a full-time mummy

But we, as human, we think we have the power and the rights for things to be done our way.

We pray to God to spare the life of our loved ones, to heal them, to make them well again, to take the pain away, so on and so forth and we forgot about the part that everything is under the control of Him.

We think that God will listen and will answer our prayers. Of course God will answer our prayers! Read: Luke 11:10 (NIV)

But think again! Is it what God wanted? Is what YOU wanted, agreeable by Him? Read: Psalm 119:36 (NIV)

At this point now, you may say "Easy for you to say full-time mummy! You're not the one with the sick / dying / terribly in pain loved ones / friends / etc here!"

I will just like to tell you that it is not easy for me to say this but I did. Twice.

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When my dad lies in the hospital bed drifting in and out of consciousness while the doctors are still struggling to find out what's wrong with him, I prayed for God's will.

When the nurses rushed in to resuscitate my dad as I stood outside his bed with my last memory of seeing the flat line on the heart rate monitor, I prayed for God's will.

When my mum lies in the hospital bed in so much pain that all I could hear was her troubled and difficult breathing through the oxygen mask, I prayed for God's will.

When the specialists stood next to my mum whispering to each other that her kidneys are still failing and that there's nothing much they can do, I prayed for God's will.

Despite how badly I needed to see my dad and my mum getting well and back on their feet again and for everything to return to the way it was, I prayed for God's will.

Despite how badly I wanted God to heal them and hoping that everything is going to be fine and dandy again, I prayed for God's will.

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Read: Revelation 4:11 (NIV)

I pray that if it is their time to go, oh God please do it as swiftly and as painlessly as He possibly could.

I pray that if it is not their time yet, please God, let them get well again.

I pray that no matter what is the outcome, I trust that He knows what is right and what is best for ALL of us.

I trust and surrender to His will and will accept it no matter what is going to happen.

I told my dad and my mum I love them, I told them Jesus loves them and I told them to have faith and not to worry about us.

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I am not asking for you guys to pray for God to end the lives of your loved ones just because you see them in pain and suffering. I am asking you guys to pray for His will. Forget about ours. You can pray for healing and everything, but remember to put God's will at the top most priority in your prayers. He knows what's best.

And please don't think that I want God to end my parent's lives. Just think, does it do anybody good if my parents end up suffering more (and longer) just because of my selfish need for them to get well and continue living and for everything to be a-oh-kay again instead of God's plan for them to move ahead and go up there and be with Him?

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All I know is I am glad that my parents have got the chance to accept Him before they passed away.

I am glad that I'm able to tell them I love them and not to worry about me and the rest of us anymore.

I am glad and comforted that they are no longer in pain and suffering anymore.

I am glad that they are up there with Him.

So, please remember, pray for God's will to be done, not ours...

Comments (5) -

Miki Chua

i know what u mean... actually it's the faith and strength in trusting God. Let go and let Him "handle".. but also mention that pray and ask it shall be given.. not meh? it's like i got to have faith it will cure and pray and pray without giving up... oh.. i'm so confused.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Miki,

Like I mentioned above, "You can pray for healing and everything, but remember to put God's will at the top most priority in your prayers. He knows what's best." Sometimes, when we are desperate and in distress, we only pray for God to heal and/or make everything OK again, not knowing that this might not be His will. It's kinda like not up to us to plan for things cos He knows what's good for us, what path we should take etc etc, so if suddenly we asked for something else, it's like we think we know better and that God should listen to us (which is wrong lo...)


God's word says He is faithful & true.  Even when I can't see it or feel it - it doesn't make it any less true!

He is faithful all the time!  I must trust and believe that what is happening is all by His design.  Job says can we accept the good from God and not the bad?

You're right on target my sweet friend!  Keep up the strong faith!

Catheryn  @ Pink Bibs


This is such a good, painful yet true post. Thank you for sharing Smile

Yes, we have to be reminded that our lives is in God's hands and He knows best.  No experts' opinion can defeat His will and no one can ever cheat His timing.

All we can do is put our trust in HIM.

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Hi Penny!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this and for your encouragement! Have a lovely week ahead!

Hi Catheryn!
Hope you're OK reading this painful post. I feel pained and cried too while writing and reading it everytime... sigh... I so agree with what you said "No experts' opinion can defeat His will and no one can ever cheat His timing." You have a lovely week and cherish your loved ones while they still around ya! Smile

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