Promise and Prayer – Day 13 (Saturday, Week 2)

Jesus’ Promise

John 16.23 – “In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”

Suggested Prayer

I pray for my will to become completely and utterly your will.

Personal Reflection

One of the most quoted words ever taught by Jesus was, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11.28-29).

Imagine a Shetland pony pulling a plow beside a massive ox. The pony has the luxury of the powerful ox as her partner, but it is clear that the ox will always determine the direction of the plowing effort.

When we tire of pulling the entire load of our lives and come to Jesus, he puts his mighty shoulder to the plow and gives us his eternal power. However, just like the ox and the pony, he is in the driver’s seat.

When we pray for our will to be completely and utterly Jesus’ will, we enter into an atmosphere where Jesus will be “pulling” for us in a very tangible way. The surrender of our “own best thinking” enables his power to be effective in our lives.

Your Turn

Please join me in looking back at how our own self-will, self-serving, self-determination, self, self and more of self has brought drama, pain and even physical and spiritual illness. Meditate on Jesus’ invitation to come to him and to allow him to put his massive shoulder under our burdens. Consider that today’s suggested prayer opens the door for Jesus to come to our aid.

The readers of are interested in your experience with this prayer experiment. Please leave a comment below. Thanks for giving us your insights.

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