I think sometimes we have the tendency to gloss right over the words spoken in the model prayer. Specifically, the words written in the first two verses of Matthew 6:9-10, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Say it with me: “THY WILL BE DONE!”
In Matthew 6 Jesus taught the disciples how to pray and then not too long after we find Jesus demonstrating this teaching in Matthew 26:39. Prior to His crucifixion, He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will”
Jesus plea for God’s will to be done in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the greatest examples of true submission. When we pray, “Thy will be done,” we are essentially acknowledging God’s right to rule. Notice Jesus didn’t pray, “My will be done”; He prayed, “Thy will be done.”
Asking that God’s will be done is a demonstration of our trust that He knows what is best. It is a statement of humble submission to God’s ways and His plans. Literally, when we pray from this state of humility we are asking for our will to be conformed to His!
Quiet as it’s kept, the victory of man’s reconciliation back to God was won in the Garden of Gethsemane. Some may argue this point, however man’s dissension from God’s grace occurred in Garden of Eden and I believe the beginning of man’s ascension back into God’s grace was powerful manifested in the Garden of Gethsemane.
By faith, we know that praying, “Thy will be done,” is the best thing we can ask for. “Now unto Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20–21).