Planning for a day’s activities by organizing an agenda is a natural undertaking. Most people begin a day with thoughts of how that day will progress and have goals they desire to see accomplished by that day’s end. Sometimes, however, events transpire during our day that give us opportunities to do God’s work in a way we hadn’t planned in circumstances we hadn’t expected.
Proverbs 16:9 proclaims that truth in this way, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” In our prayers to be useful to God, are we truly open to those times when His agenda is at odds with ours? Are we ready when we pray to be His hands and feet that the answer may call for us to reroute our path and rework our schedule to be where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do?
Praying for God’s will to be done may call for our will to be placed on hold or put away forever, never to be realized. Jesus was willing to do just that for our sake. Are we willing to do the same for His? “Not my will, but yours, O Lord!”