TEXT: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10b).
INTRODUCTION: Review James’ illustration of a business man making his decision on the basis of his own personal wisdom (James 4:13–17). The right conclusion “You ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.’ ”
I. The paramount prayer is: “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10b).
A. We should ask ourselves the question: Have we chosen for ourselves the will of God?
B. This should not be just a passive acceptance: “Thy will be done; I can endure it.” But we should respond eagerly: “Lord, make me worthy thy will to be and to do.”
II. Consider some elements in God’s will for each and every one.
A. Receive the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior and Lord, and with Him eternal life.
B. Make God’s will a part of you: “Christ … in you” (Rom. 8:10). Live His life.
p 41 Think of Christ’s words: “I am the vine; you are the branches” (John 15:5). The vine life is the branch life.
C. Make God’s principles your laws of conduct. This means the commandments.
D. There is God appointed work for each of us. Let’s do it willingly.
III. Pray this prayer: “Thy will be done by me—as it is done by the angels and the redeemed in heaven.”
A. Become “God’s-will minded.”
B. Do God’s will joyfully, gladly, cheerfully—not something to be “put up with.”
C. Do God’s will wholeheartedly: “with all your heart” (Deut. 6:5).
D. Do God’s will universally: “In all your ways acknowledge him” (Prov. 3:6).
CONCLUSION: God’s will is always right! Always best! Let the will of God possess you; overflow from your heart and bless others. Say with the psalmist, and really mean it: “I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart” (40:8).
Hallock, E. F. (1975). More Sermon Starters (pp. 40–41). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.