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Should we always pray ‘If it be Thy will’?
Should we always pray ‘If it be Thy will’?
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Religious tradition teaches that we just can’t know what God is going to do from one situation to the next, so it’s a good idea to tack on “if it be Thy will” to every prayer, just in case. Many churches teach that we should pray this way because Jesus did, but He only prayed this way once: in Luke 22:42. In most instances, He prayed with boldness and certainty of receiving an answer. For example, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He didn’t pray, “Lord, if it be Thy will, bring Lazarus up.” No. He said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me” (John 11:41).

Sadly, this prayer tradition has caused Christians to come to the throne with great uncertainty, rather than with the boldness we’re instructed to have (Hebrews 4:16). 

Is it really a big deal to pray this way? Yes. Make no mistake: It is. When you pray a wobbly prayer like this, you’re becoming the double-minded man who James 1:6-9 says will receive nothing from God. You don’t have to ask if it’s God’s will to tell a lie or tithe. It’s already been stated. And you don’t have to ask if it’s His will to heal you.

On this subject, Gloria Copeland says, “‘If it be Thy will, heal me’ will help you die. Many Christians have died before their time praying ‘if it be Thy will.’”