Y’shua prayed it. He went to the cross and He died there.
Y’shua taught people to pray it this way and He was qualified because He demonstrated that life is not the end in His own steps.
Today, self-preservationists should think twice before praying in these words below.
9 “Therefore, you should pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
your name be honored as holy.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Paul of Tarsus also preferred the will of God over his own will. He walked toward the will of God. He also died from obedience, he was executed by decapitation in Rome. To many Christians today, this whole model is “counter-purpose”. To many, what happened to Paul was not “what Paul deserved”. And that is how the world and the Church is being deceived. Honor God’s will. He already offers eternity. We only have to love Him and love others.
The Will Of God Is
I will share a gem from pastor Steve from his group meeting last evening. The Spirit is speaking to me loudly about the whole episode that wraps around Acts 21.
To the Church Ekklesia at Philippi, Paul wrote this.
16b holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
Paul said he did not run away from harm. Now we shall visit this narrative.
So if you say your faith “is strong”, is it as strong as you say it is?
Paul’s Farewell Tour
The Spirit spoke three times in all in this arc of Paul, once first to Paul to set his heart right. The other times He spoke to his friends. But watch everyone’s reception of the Spirit’s utterances.
I will set the scene.
Paul and arrived in a port city in Phoenicia by the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey (Ephesus). It was there that he told the believers this bold message. He is not running from anyone. He has a mission. He called sinners and religious people to repentance. Next up, back to Jerusalem.
Finally, in prophecy given, Paul was chained from the Temple. He was finally captured.
Did Paul pray that he would be spared after hearing the Spirit tell it to him straight up?
Acts 20 20
You know that I did not avoid proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching you publicly and from house to house. 21 I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.
22 “And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, compelled by the Spirit, not knowing what I will encounter there, 23 except that in every town 👉the Holy Spirit warns me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me. 24 But I consider my life of no value to myself; 👉my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to 👉 testify to the gospel of God’s grace.
Paul noted the utterance of the Holy Spirit and headed straight toward Jerusalem from Ephesus. He did not tarry. I think if your heart is right with God, and that eternal life with God is part of your reality, then you will have peace if God even tells you that you will die for Him next year.
At Tyre, the people who loved and held this apostle in honor told Paul not to continue to Jerusalem.
Do you have the experience where people who care for you warn you about an opportunity where you serve God in abandon? One or two of them may even try to stop you. The question is, is goodwill for others what the Spirit shows us to do?
Therefore, the Spirit confirmed His prophecy to a second party as witnesses. “Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go to Jerusalem.” But is what the Tyrus disciples said to Paul contradict what Paul heard directly from the Spirit?
Acts 213b we sailed on to Syria and arrived at Tyre, since the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4 We sought out the disciples and stayed there seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go to Jerusalem.
Ptolemais was an ancient port city on the Phoenician coast. It was also called Ptolemais in Phoenicia (or Akko, Ake, or Akre in Phoenician). Today this town is captured by Israel, known as Acre. From there Paul and went down to Caesarea on the coast, south of Haifa.
There was an evangelist in Caesarea called Philip. Apparently there were Seven Evangelists according to this account by Dr. Luke. Phillip had 4 girls who all prophesied.
What we take away from this scene is, God is mightily using this household of believers (Messianic Jews) and their home is sanctified for the work of the Lord. In God’s perspective, He inquires, Are these people to be trusted?
Are you all with me?
You want God to work in your house, then sanctify your home for His use. Toss out the profane things.
Then a prophet (lower case) who traveled all the way from Jerusalem that was 75 miles away, the future place of Paul’s arrest by the Romans, to deliver to Paul a message. In Joel 2, the Lord prophesied to Joel son of Pethuel, in 9th century BC that the children of Israel will prophesy and dream dreams. Luke said Aqaba came down from Judea. Jerusalem is 2,474 feet above sea level. He went down to a coastal town at sea level.
The prophet man came to deliver a message to Paul using an elaborate skit that involved Paul’s belt. He opened it with Thus saith the Holy Spirit.
The facts stopped there.
The rest of the story is how believers exercised goodwill toward Paul. They misinterpreted the will of God.
God is a god of glory. Pastor Steve said last evening, if Paul had avoided Jerusalem, we would not be meeting for Bible study last night.
We see the glory of one man’s obedience out of his faith to God can change the world.
But we see here from those who loved Paul, that goodwill is not often what God’s will is.
Why did Paul’s friends try to see Paul killed? Obviously the Spirit already told them that Paul would end his ministry after this tour.
7 When we completed our voyage from Tyre, we reached Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and sisters and stayed with them for a day. 8 The next day we left and came to Caesarea, where we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the Seven, and stayed with him. 9 This man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
10 After we had been there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us, took Paul’s belt, tied his own feet and hands, and said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: ‘In this way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, both we and the local people pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
14 Since he would not be persuaded, we said no more except, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Paul followed the will of God even when it means he is to die for his Lord, Jesus Christ.
Therefore, when we pray that Father’s will be done, we must conform to God’s will for ourselves or for the person.
Therefore, when we emulate the Lord in the model prayer and proclaim, Thy will be done, we submit to the will of the Lord, and His immense wisdom and His amazing timing, that the greater good will manifest in the situation.