“Thy Will” vs. “My Will”

Praying Like Jesus

By Sherry Thomas and Bethany Lockett

In the early years of my marriage, conflict was frequent. Something as inconsequential as which direction the forks were placed in the dishwasher would result in a serious argument.

I would pray over our disagreements, often asking God to help my husband see that I was right. “Lord, please change my husband.” My heart attitude toward prayer was about controlling my circumstances and proving that I really had my family’s best interest at heart.

As time went on, I just felt more overwhelmed. This finally forced me to see past the immediate circumstances and change the way I prayed. In desperation, I began to pray, “Lord, please change me.”

In Matthew, we get a peek into Jesus’ understanding and practice of prayer. 

Jesus’ prayer life is shockingly different from that of the Pharisees, the religious leaders of His day. Although they were commended by others for their beautiful, passionate, and public prayers, Jesus denounced them for praying only to receive the admiration of others in Matthew 6.  

His rebukes came to fulfillment in Matthew 23, known as the passage of the “Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees.” Jesus did not hold back on His opinion of their practices, saying “You snakes! You brood of vipers.” He condemned them for being like a cup which is cleaned only on the outside and a tomb, which looks beautiful and white but is full of death on the inside.  

Jesus was less concerned with the method of their prayer (both private and public prayers are appropriate) and more concerned with their motivation. He criticized their self-focused approach, believing “righteous” actions could control their own hearts and circumstances. 

In contrast, Scripture tells us Jesus routinely woke up early in the morning to pray. He also prayed after full days of serving and teaching, during times of severe trial, and throughout the day to give thanks. His prayers expressed and empowered His desire to submit to the Father completely.    

Jesus introduced the true motivation for prayer in the first section of “The Lord’s Prayer” and modeled its impact throughout His life and ministry.  

A model of motivation

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name – Matthew 6:9

There should always be a direct correlation between the One receiving our prayers and what we say. While my name does not actually hint at my character or attributes, every single one of God’s names declares who He is.

So, how does the name you use for God affect your prayers?   

In this prayer, Jesus taught the people to acknowledge: 

  1. God is Father (the Good Father loves you)  
  2. He is in Heaven (He has unlimited resources)  
  3. His name is Holy (He is the only One worthy of worship)  

Acknowledging different attributes or qualities of God tends to change the tone of our prayers, rearrange priorities, and sometimes change requests altogether. At times it can prevent us from asking God for something that is contrary to His nature. 

There are many names for God throughout the Bible. Jesus frequently used the name “Father” (Greek: Patḗr or Aramaic: Abba). Similarly in the Old Testament, there are many names for God that reveal His character. In the Psalms He is called El Shaddai (meaning Lord God Almighty) or Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide).  

One of my favorite names for God is “El Roi” (The God who sees me). He is the God who clearly sees me and chose to love me anyway. With my focus on El Roi, I confidently approach Him for daily guidance and in times of struggle.  

These contemplations in prayer release me from the fear of failure and feelings of insecurity. They remind me to submit my desires and my life to Him because He is good, and His ways are perfect. 

When we remember God’s attributes and His names, we adopt an attitude of worship within our prayers. By remembering His character, God ultimately works to re-shape our own. 

Positioning our hearts

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. – Matthew 6:10

While it’s tempting to assume Jesus lived a perfect life solely because He is fully God, we must remember He became man and was tempted and struggled just like we do. His temptations, pains, and trials were no less severe than ours – the difference was He was determined and intentional in accomplishing God’s will. He always sought unity with the Father, and He accomplished this through prayer. 

We have to ask ourselves, are we praying to prove we are right or to manipulate God into seeing our way? Or are we ready to be changed by God and submit to His will over our own?  

In the Garden of Gethsemane, on the night Jesus sought His Father in severe distress, Jesus asked for an alternative solution to the cross. Three times He asked to avoid the wrath of God; however, each time He asked, He also reaffirmed His commitment to do the will of His Father. With those prayers, Jesus walked confidently to the cross, and three days later walked victoriously away from the grave. Jesus illustrated that submission to the Father’s will is rewarded with peace that far outweighs our pain. The same is true for us. While circumstances don’t always change, anxiety can be replaced with peace. 

In our vulnerable moments, God welcomes our cries and tears. And when we offer those requests with a heart of submission, God gives us the peace and strength to endure our circumstances. Surrounded by betrayal and insults, Christ walked to the cross with peace and resolution. Through His sacrifice, we too can face the trials of this world with courage when we submit to the will of our Heavenly Father in prayer.   

As I reflect on our marriage, I see the ways the Lord has drawn me closer to Him. He used Bible Study Fellowship to help me understand that His Word was a far better guide than my feelings, experience, or worldly wisdom. I realized that I had to let go of my need to control every situation and submit to God’s will for our lives. Today, our marriage is stronger, and we continue to see the deep impact of diligent prayer in every area of our lives. 

Sherry Thomas

Guest Contributor

Sherry Thomas was a child when she believed in the salvation offered by Jesus Christ, but it was as an adult that she understood the importance of growing in her relationship with Him through Bible study and prayer. She joined Bible Study Fellowship more than 10 years ago after the Lord called her out of a corporate job to become a stay-at-home mom. Sherry is happily married to her husband Jacob, who was an International Controller for Bible Study Fellowship. Today, Sherry homeschools their five children and the whole family participates in BSF classes in Lubbock, TX. She also enjoys serving in women’s and young adult ministries in their community.

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128 Comments

  1. beautiful!! Glad your heart was open to the Lord early in your marriage! mine was hit and miss till nearly the end.. and my neices wedding with traditional vowes .. through sickness and health, …… it was that year, I felt in my being that my husband was sick and sure enough after her wedding, He finally got tested and only lived about 2 more years.. cancer or any terminal illness is rough.. having the few words of the Lord memorized “The Lords Prayer” and Psalm 23″ Numbers 6:22-24 ish .. and a hymn.. God be with you till we meet again, and the last verse I heard was .. He’s set free as he (my husband crossed over into Jesus arms, so sweet.. The Lord is on His throne for all to believe and walk with Him as Lord and Savior.!! Till I meet you all either here on this land we’ve been given or the streets of Gold.. Mary

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  2. That was a great commentary it really hit home thank you a God bless you and your family

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  3. Thank you for sharing your powerful history. John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
    It’s all about understanding the revealed word, because desires without knowledge is not good. The prayer of the upright pleases God. Ask but cannot ask with wrong motives.

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    • Great reminding of set priorities right (John 15:7). In order for our wishes to be done in His will, the first thing to do is we have to remain in Him so to get His Word remain in us. What a beautiful unity accomplished through Him.

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  4. I needed to be reminded that my prayers are not to manipulate people or situations to better suit my needs but to have God show and guide me how to live more like him. So even when bills are late or my husband isn’t reading my mind I have more peace and understanding about it.

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  5. Beautify you are as Jesus is in you.
    Thanks for sharing your walk with the Lord in prayer. It truly ministers to me and my own prayer life.

    May my marriage and yours bring Him glory and blessing to our children and their children.
    May we leave a legacy of a godly praying wife, parent and grandparents. I pray all these in the mighty name of Jesus our Savior and Lord, Amen.

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  6. Beautiful. Thank you.

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  7. Please pray for my marriage.

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  8. Thank you for sharing. My soul is encouraged and inspired to seek God in His word with a humble heart and be diligent and intentional in prayer. Blessings to you and your family.

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  9. Very inspiring

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  10. Thank you Sherry for you love and commitment to God. I relate to your story and to hear it from another. It filled my heart full of awe and joy for Jesus. I am so blessed to be a child of God. With Him I know I am, OK

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  11. Thank you for this, it is so refreshing and speaks to me. God bless you

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  12. Thank you El Roi for Sherry and her message. Thank you for BSF and the technology that allows you to touch our hearts with the message you need us to hear through people like Sherry. Help me today Father to seek you first in each decision I make as I work through my frustrations. Help me to be thankful for each situation so that I can learn to be more like you. Let my actions, thoughts and words be your will not mine. Amen

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  13. Thank you for sharing Sherry! This is such an encouragement to me today.

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  14. Thank you Sherry for sharing this beautiful testimony. It is always helpful when I remember to pray for God to change me. I enjoyed this very much.

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  15. Thank you Sherry for being so honest in your sharing. I have been a Christian for over 40 years and still struggle with wifely submission. I love to learn more about prayer, and pray that God would work in me the same attitude to submission as the Lord Jesus had as He contemplated the dark realities of the cross. God bless you.

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  16. Praise God for your story Sherry because it truly brought me back to where I was and belong. I sometimes get caught up in my daily activities that I don’t study my personal bill even study. I attend church, I attend church bible study, I pray constantly but some time I do not study my bible like should and wonder why I don’t feel whole. Reading your story let me realize I have to stay grounded in my study to realize what God wants me to do, God bless you.

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  17. Loved Sherry’s sharing and reminded me of where my true focus for my marriage should be,
    not on me but the LORD.
    Thank you BSF🙏❤️

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  18. I have been married 46 yrs. I thought I was unhappy and left my husband for 3 months. It was the most miserable time in my life. I finally realized that this was not Gods plan for me. I accepted the fact marriage is not perfect and I can’t control my life or anyone else. God saved me and my marriage. Your study has helped me to continue to rely only on God. Not mans world.

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  19. So nice to see you relied on God for His control in your marriage. BSF really helps us stay in His Word and absorb His wonderful teaching.

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  20. I also like to control most situation. I thank you for your blog on Prayer I really needed this.

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  21. I believe we live very short-sighted lives. Too often it is all about today and all about me. Jesus was all about others and all about our future. He came that all could spend eternity future with him and “Our Father”.

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  22. Hi Sherry, your statement “I realized that I had to let go of my need to control every situation and submit to God’s will for our lives”. I have had a hard time teaching my adult children to think, behave and act how a grown up kid should be and got greatly disheartened when I see them not learning from their mistakes. Your prayer that “Lord please change me” enlightened me. Also your explanation on Lord’s prayer and the significance of how we address God in different names changed my perspective how I view God. A big thank you and I look forward to reading more of your blogs. God Bless you and your lovely family.

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  23. this article was excellent but the bit about the forks just about put me over. Some of us are struggling with problems way worse than which way the forks are facing in the dishwasher in our marriage. Way worse. for way longer. With no resolution in sight.

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  24. Thank you Sherry for sharing on prayer. Encouraged that we pray to a God who sees us, and many more. Gives me confidence in God and removes my focus from the challenging situation, to Him.

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  25. “While circumstances don’t always change, anxiety can be replaced with peace”. This is very encouraging to me. Thank you for sharing

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  26. Sherry thank you so much for this helpful and God centered way of changing how I pray. I appreciate your diligence to this subject

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  27. Thank you. Important points and very insightful! Saying God’s names is a great reminder of all the facets of the personality of the one true God and our Lord. Great blog!

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  28. Thank you sherry, your testimony comes out as a reflection of your love to mature God’s people.
    May I always focus on God’s will in my prayers as Jesus my Lord taught for His Will is good and perfect for my life

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  29. Thank you very much for your beautiful share from the heart. I can definitely relate to it. Prayer truly helps us to shift our focus to Jesus to get the help we need to live an authentic life that brings glory to Him. May God bless you and your beautiful family in His calling to you.

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  30. Thanks Sherry for sharing God’s work in your life. Truly our Lord draws us nearer via challenges we undergo and emerge victorious for His purpose. We continue to establish God’s purpose and will in our life.

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    • Thank you for reminding of the names of God. This year Son of Man is hitting the mark with me.
      I love He is the God who sees me.
      My prayer life got different with grief.
      Impacted. I would love to greet Christ better each morning.

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  31. I would like to share the amazing “community “ atmosphere our CL’s have created in our SP. the Matthew study has brought our students to a place where they come expecting their friends to be present on Monday evening.
    These children do not go to school together, the are a blend of 2 levels and truly care for one another. They share personal situations, pray for each other and even one younger boy sought help from an older classmate on a school situation.
    This little group of 12 look after each other and enjoy spending time with together. Their Basic Truth time has gone to a whole new level. God is truly working on these hearts.

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  32. The journey through Mathew with BSF has been a great experience. It has helped me to have a deeper understanding of the word of God. I enjoyed the fellowship of the members and the kind of prayer support I received during times of trouble. The study is very comprehensive with notes, questions, videos and discussions.
    Looking forward to the next session of Bible Study.

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  33. Sherry,
    I too, have struggled with this . It has taken years to work through. It was in the letting go and being willing to abandon my prayer to the will of God and then stand trusting in that will; knowing that His way is always the best for us.

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  34. Thank you for sharing! God is so great and so patient with all of us. Always encouraging us to grow!

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  35. Sherry, thank you for your sharing. I also have similar weakness I need to ‘ let go of my need to control every situation ‘ to allow God to take over. I love Him, I should trust Him to guide and lead. Not to be anxious in every circumstance but with sincere and unceasing prayers and wait for His answers.

    Once again, thank you for your sharing and God bless you and your family abundantly.

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  36. Love this encouraging article- thank you!

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  37. Thank you Sherry for rekindling my appreciation for the Lord’s Prayer. In this Study, it has ignited a passion & deeper appreciation such that I have set an alarm so that I Pray the Lord’s Prayer each morning. Before I got there, I would stop on “Thy will be done” to ask myself whether I would be genuine in saying this for myself, or it was just a recital. The Lord has brought me to a. Place where I now wholeheartedly praying for His will to be done in my life – no more palpitations. Thank You Lord. Thank u all for your encouraging contributions.

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  38. Thank you for your open heart confession, and lessons about the importance of the Word over our feelings, and how it brought great victory for you and your blessed family.
    Do keep up the good work you all are doing! It’s inspiring to see you all there serving.

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  39. I may not always be right, but… I am never wrong. That was the theme I grew up with. Today my theme is I may never be right, but … I am never wrong with Jesus. Amen.

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  40. Thanks Sherry for sharing your experience, i too I realized that I had to let go of my need to control every situation and submit to God’s will for my life. BSF has helped and reminded me to keep a check on what i do or how i pray because God looks at my intentions and motives. I am encouraged and blessed.

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  41. I thank my God so much through the ACTS I am able to pray and understand the word of God.

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  42. Thank you for how well you shared the concept of praying. You reminded me
    how I can share with God my concerns to him but have my own motivations.

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  43. Thank for that insight on prayer it was very helpful!

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    • Hi Sherry,

      I love your focus on, El Roi, God sees me. This is one of my favourite passages. God sees my brokenness, my wrestling with stuff and l loves me and does not give up on me.

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  44. Iam so encouraged & challenged by this…My prayers today is that God may change me and teach me how to pray.Lord Jesus please help me to submit my desires & my life completely to you and give me strength & peace as I wait upon your will….

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  45. Wow! thank you Sherry for this guidance on prayer, I will worship God in prayer. indeed as blessed and well informed.

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  46. Loved her comments how Jesus works on us to be better for his cause. Also thanks to Bsf for so much learning about such I wasn’t sure about.

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  47. Sherry, Wonderful the way God has opened your eyes to something far greater . I recently lost my wife and had exhausted prayer after prayer for healing, as I’m sure you know we have so many prayer chains. Unfortunately My wife passed and I can say God didn’t heal her body but He gave her peace to be able to cross over, I take extreme comfort in that , unfortunately we don’t always see this at the moment of trial. Be Blessed and Enjoy your family , you(we) may not always be right but you are the foundation of your family with your love, given by God’s heart to you. Be Blessed

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    • Sorry Geoffrey. God will see you through till you find love. His love is great and everlasting. Lean on Him n Him only

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  48. This is spot on! Focusing on God’s attributes helps me to simplify my prayers and worship God. Worshipping Him for who He is helps me to give Him control. When prayer leads me to worship, I can let go of having my own way. God’s way is always best! I’m grateful that BSF has taught me this through the years.

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  49. This really encouraging me to move with my life and I want to submit to God’s will not my will..its not easy but I know God helps me to obey and Trust His plans..

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  50. I would like to know how to pray wiser. I would like to intercede wiser. I would like to know more about unity with the father.

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  51. Thanks Sherry for sharing your story..
    Its a timely message for me..
    GOD BLESS

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  52. This was a beautiful summation of the power of prayer and the proper attitude to have when praying. Thank you Sherry for sharing your insight.

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  53. Beautiful

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  54. Such wisdom can only come from God. Thank you for sharing what can help me and many others as we seek to pray in God’s will

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  55. I appreciate the reference to see God as I see Him for me, all my life it was just God, now studying and becoming a believer, I see Jesus as God as well.

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  56. How I wished I knew and read about prayer and your blog earlier in my marriage. It would have saved me tears and painful words between my husband and me. Still, I thank God that even if this knowledge is late , I learned about it to share with others in their marriage. God bless you, Sherry.

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  57. Grateful for Sherry’s honest and personal story of moving closer to God’s direction in her life through prayer, worship, and Bible study with others through BSF. The peace growing within is God in us .

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  58. Thank you for sharing your story. How encouraging it is to know we all have our struggles but GOD is with us through them all. HE is faithful.

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  59. I praise God he taught you early about control issues, it took me a lot longer to learn but when I finally saw the truth it made me a little more gentle person, but it was a slow process. it didn’t happen overnight.

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  60. Thank you so much for sharing! That was a blessing.

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  61. Your statement that “while circumstances don’t always change, anxiety can be replaced with peace” spoke to me in a strong way and I intend to share your article with a loved one who is suffering with anxiety. I, too am homeschooling (2 grandchildren) and working part-time, I would love it if you would share more about this in the future!

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  62. Beautiful and well said ! Thank you !

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  63. Thank you. Your “peace outweighs our pain” and “God welcomes our cries and tears” touched my heart.

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  64. Beautiful story of God’s redemptive grace.

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  65. I am encouraged and motivated to introspect that is changing my prayer focus where it has always been praying for a change of heart in my wife and my children. El Roi He is God who sees me. I have just began praying that God changes my heart too.

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  66. Thanks for sharing your story it is such a great encouragement.

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  67. EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT! Excellent!

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  68. Sherry, Thank you for this beautiful blog. God has given you a wonderful gift of expressing your thoughts in a beautiful way. I love the family portrait. The kids have grown so much since you moved from Dallas. We miss you but are so happy to see you serving the Lord. Love, Mary Ellen

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  69. BSF blessed my life 11 years in a row. Now I am confined to a wheelchair in a
    care facility. I would love to do the lessons. again .
    How do I get to do this . I am 80 years old. And live in Abbotsford BC Canada.

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    • Hi Lillian! We’re so glad you have been blessed by BSF. We would love to have you stay involved. There are a number of ways to do so. First, you can join a BSF Online group through zoom at https://www.bsfonline.org/. You can also use the BSF app to do lessons by downloading it from any major app store or you can try a WordGo app group (a BSF product) at https://www.wordgo.org/. Finally, you can purchase a lesson book if you want to do your lessons on paper without attending a group at the BSF store: https://store.mybsf.org/. Thank you!

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  70. Such a timely, thoughtful message. Thank you for sharing.

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  71. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I needed to hear this. May God bless you and your family.

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  72. Sherry, thank you for this incredible submission about your life lessons in letting God’s will be done. I was just like you were in my marriage. I thought being self-righteousness in the sight of God was good. I was self-wrong. Now that I am God-centered, I am transformed into an humble, obedient servant. Now, I see the salvation of the Lord. I walk in His grace, mercy, and peace. It is a delight to do His will!!!!! I am grateful for how BSF has helped me to draw closer to the Lord.

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  73. This is an excellent article and a great reminder about prayer. The statement, “Jesus illustrated that submission to the Father’s will is rewarded with peace that far outweighs our pain” really spoke to me. Thank you for this article and for sharing your life with us.

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  74. Sherry! Your husband, Jacob, is a true blessing from God to our Lubbock Men’s Class. His experience and leadership have had a significant impact on me, as well as our class. Praise God that your family is in Lubbock!

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  75. Just what I needed to hear from the Lord Jesus today through my Christian Friend who is part of the body of Christ in BSF!! Thank you for sharing! I praise our loving Lord and Savior for helping me to spend the time to be uplifted! May God continue to grow us all in Him! Love a Fellow member of the Body of Christ!

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  76. His will vs my will …
    my will teaches me something about myself … it is a tool that God uses in my sanctification process.
    Ultimately, it is always God’s will that prevails (as long as I am a follower of Jesus) whatever my “missing the mark” is … God works it together for my good and His glory! The End.

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    • Thank you Mary Jane for the beautiful submission. I pray that with every word I type that my strength will be greater and that I stop being a victim.

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  77. Thank you for sharing with such love and transparency. Your encouragement comes when needed. Amazing that the Creator of the Universe wants to know us and communicate with us!

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  78. Needed this to strengthen prayers

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  79. Is there a BSF group in Greensboro, NC?

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    • Hello Ruth! We would love for you to join BSF. There are several classes in the Greensboro area. Use the “Find a Group” Feature to search for and join a class near you: https://join.bsfinternational.org/.

      Thank you!

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  80. Beautifully spoken and such an encouragement. Thank you for these reminders. What a sweet privilege it is to come to our Heavenly Father in prayers.
    Bless you for your living testimony of His faithfulness.

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  81. Thank you Sherry for your transparency. As I was convicted while reading. God’s words of love and encouragement.

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  82. Thank you Sherry, Twice in one week I have been schooled in the Lord’s Prayer as a pattern for my own prayers. The Lord is so good to His believers. He knew I needed to hear it again. Your words of wisdom come right from the Father’s heart.

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  83. Thankyou so much for sharing this! Life has many hardships and struggles, but when we give up that control and ask Jesus for help, a peace does come with our obedience.

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  84. Thank you, I needed that – every word!
    Thank you for letting God use you to speak His love & heart to me/us!!

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    • Hi Sherry. Such a blessing to hear these words of encouragement today. God bless you and your beautiful family.

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  85. GREAT post Sherry . Ever so needed ! Thank you L-RD !

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  86. Thank you Sherry. I too can join and say how bsf helped me to understand that I need to change rather than praying that others need to change… to see my folly in the light of His word.

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  87. Today as I read this I am facing tests with an unknown outcome but am encouraged that God has become my Rock and as you shared the God who sees me (El Roi). I have believed for a long time that He is in control of my life and my loved ones as well, but until I am faced with something that affects me personally, I must put into practice that ability to seek the peace that only He promises and His will in the outcome. Thank you for your beautiful reminder this morning.

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  88. Very encouraging! Thank you Sherry!

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  89. Thank you Sherry for the inspiring message. I also used to behave the same way until God helped me to focus on my expectations which were draining my relationships with others. I thank God that I let go and let God be my guide by His Holy Spirit. Shalom

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  90. Thanks Sherry. A great and valuable reminder it should always be God, Our Father’s will that be done. We can trust and have faith in Him for He is all knowing, Sovereign and can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, and He is Our Heavenly Father full of grace and mercy, who cares and loves us. Thank you.

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  91. This blog warmed my heart as I was facing possible surgery. Thank you for these thoughts.

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  92. Many a time it doesn’t dawn on us the fact that He is in control of everything if we allow Him to be. We just try to solve everything within the limits of our ‘wisdom’/ human tendency/our finances etc and fail miserably most of the time. If we leave everything to Gods will in prayer he will surely work wonders unimaginable.

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  93. Same Sherry it took many years before I asked God to change me and soften my heart in my marriage. What a blessing now to be at peace. Amen

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  94. Am so blessed by this. It has spoken to me in a special way. May the will of God be done in me .

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  95. This is beautiful it has reminded me that God is EL ROI the God who sees me.What a comfort.Be blessed

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  96. “His Word was a far better guide than my feelings, experience, or worldly wisdom.” Profound and true

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  97. Thanks Sherry. I can relate to your experience. I too prayed for my spouse to change and finally I realized that I was the one who had to change. God molded me. Surrendering to Christ is what I’ve learnt to do, as I don’t know what to do in tough situations. And thanks for pointing out that ‘When we remember God’s attributes and His names, we adopt an attitude of worship within our prayers.’ I’m going to do that from now. God bless!

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  98. Thank you Sherry for sharing about this continuing conflict in our souls – I’m so encouraged and my trust Got to change me through prayer, even as He changes my situations for HIs glory.

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  99. Thank you Hollie for being a channel of blessing by Sharing this powerful testimony . Yes, Your Will be done Jesus and not my will .

    Sherry and Bethany, this message is so apt to the turbulent times we are experiencing personally. Jesus is our rock, hiding place and redeemer!

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  100. Praise be to God for allowing us to see His goodness through your family photo.
    Thank you so much Sherry for your sharing. It is very helpful and helps us to make a step forward in our daily life when we pray.
    Wanting to control everything is very easy when we think to know the truth and to be right. But I see that God purposely allows us to face trials and to live challenges so that He wants us to see and to know that He is the only One in control. Again thank you Sherry. Stay blessed.

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  101. Thank you for sharing such wise and wonderful words with all of us. I love your name, it’s my Mom’s name and it’s spelled exactly the same way. Sherry like the wine. Have a wonderful evening 💙🙏💙

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  102. Thank you for some great in sites on prayer out of the gospel of Matthew. These come at an appropriate time as a face some new challenges in my family relations. Remembering that the Lord desires to change me through the temptations and trials I face is so important. (Romans 8:27-28)

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  103. Thanks for giving the testimony, that how’s God change your prayer life.
    It helps me a lot.

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  104. Yes, I do feel same way to control every situation in my life.. But yes God is asking me to change me first.I need to submit to God’s will because He thinks best for our life.

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  105. Thanks Sherry,
    The Lord is our help and strength. He is always by our side. Sing praises to God our Heavenly Father

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  106. Wonderful sharing. Very true. By asking God to change me, I accept others as they are.
    Our God is awesome and I love Him.

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  107. Great article . What is the ONLY thing the disciples EVERT asked J-sus to teach them ? Prayer Luke 11 : 1 -4 .

    The disciples wanted !

    Thank you L-RD for Your Son , J-sus to teach us also today !

    Still praying ,
    Karl

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  108. I’m so glad to hear of a life submissive to God’s will instead of manipulating God to our will to ours. May God change me to do His will and be a bright testimony shining for Him. I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to study Matthew in the four-fold method which has opened my eyes like never before and I praise the LORD for being with me enabling me so unexpectedly gracious to me.

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  109. Thank you for sharing your story. I enjoyed what you had to say. God bless you as you continue to serve.

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  110. Great thoughts and reminders on focusing our prayers. Thanks for sharing!!

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  111. Thank you for your story which is very encouraging. This will made me understand more how our prayers should really be. It will change my prayer life.

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  112. Amen 🙏🏻 So true that His Word is a far better guide than our feelings, experience, or worldly wisdom and He changes us through our struggles when we submit to His will.Thank you for sharing Sherry

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  113. Beautiful! Thank you, Sherry!

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  114. Agree with you Sherry . Knowing Jesus is the greatest of all . And His perfect peace given to us surpasses all understanding , knowing that Jesus knows best . May His perfect will be done in our lives . Trusting Jesus wholeheartedly . Amen

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  115. Have read the article and the short bio on the author . Thank you BSF . However being a male , over seventy years now , am wondering why there are ever so FEW books on prayer ? I believe I might have ever book written on prayer in my library . The BEST book on prayer is the Holy Bible and J-sus is a GREAT , wonderful example on how one should be praying at ALL timers .

    Would also be exciting to have an article on prayer written by a man !

    Thank you . Still praying , Karl

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  116. This was wonderful encouragement! Thank you. I’ll be sharing with friends and family. I’m a long time BSF attendant.

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  117. I love this! Very inspiring and encouraging story. Praise God for His love and blessings.

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  118. Thanks Sherry.
    We live in a world full of troubling times … a need for prayer of encouragement and strength for myself or prayer for strength for a friend🙏

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  119. Dear Sherry, thanks for your commitment and for sharing your rich experience in praying to our Lord. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family as well as your ministry. I praise the Lord for your life.

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  120. Very encouraging message for my prayer life.Praise God

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