Thy Will Be Done

I have heard that “Thy Will be Done” is the prayer that never fails. Do you believe that?

O GOD WHOSE WILL CONQUERS ALL,
There is no comfort in anything
apart from enjoying you
and being engaged in your service:
You are All in all, and all enjoyments are what
you make them, and no more.
I am well pleased with your will, whatever it is,
or should be in all respects,
And if you bid me decide for myself in any affair
I would choose to refer all to you,
for you are infinitely wise and cannot do amiss,
as I am in danger of doing.
I rejoice to think that all things are at your disposal,
and it delights me to leave them there.
Then prayer turns wholly into praise,
and all I can do is to adore and bless you.
What shall I give you for all your benefits?
I am in a strait between two, knowing not what to do;
I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer,
and can only rejoice that you do all,
that none in heaven or on earth shares your honor;
I can of myself do nothing to glorify your blessed name,
but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to you.
I know that you are the author and finisher of faith,
that the whole work of redemption is yours alone,
that every good work or thought found in me
is the effect of your power and grace,
that the sole motive in working in me to will and to do
is for your good pleasure.

From The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett, Canon of St. Albans Cathedral.

I took a little liberty in editing the prayer above, making it more modern English.  I have seen this prayer before. Nancy Leigh DeMoss includes it in her book, Surrender: The Heart God Controls.

Have you found the first stanza to be true?

O GOD WHOSE WILL CONQUERS ALL

There is no comfort in anything
apart from enjoying you
and being engaged in your service:
You are All in all, and all enjoyments are what
you make them, and no more.

Looking back on my life, when I was in control, when I failed to yield control to God alone, I was not happy. In fact, often life was a disaster.

Looking ahead I want to daily ask Him to lead me, to guide me. I want less of earthly pleasures and more of what leads me closer to the Good Shepherd.

Today I am praying this line from the prayer:

I can of myself do nothing to glorify your blessed name,
but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to you

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