I think that many believers will end a statment like the above with "...if it is God's will."
Thats a good thing right? We want to be in the center of his will, we do not want to say or do things that fall outside of his perfect plan for our life. The problem is that God is perfect, WE are not.
We fall short of His perfect will in so many ways we can not begin to understand. We sin when we think we aren't and we do things in the name of the Lord that He never intended us to do, usually not bothering to consider Him in the equation.
We know this so we pray, "if it is God's will". I believe that many christians do not BELIEVE that He WANTS to act on their behalf, so they add this to their prayer in case God does not "show up" because deep down they think they don't deserve his favor.
The problems is we do deserve is favor. Whoa... hey you can't say that, yeah I did and I'll say it again...
YOU DESERVE GOD's FAVOR.
Wait, how is this possible, we just talked about how we ALL sin and fall short, these things can not mutually exist because God will not stand for Sin and therefore if we sin he can't stand FOR us.
Wrong, YOU DESERVE GOD's FAVOR.
Let's say that you drove through McDonalds drive through and they were running one of their contests that you have to collect all the game pieces to win. You got your Big Mac, Biggy Fry, 2 Apple pies and a Diet Coke, cause your trying to save on calories. You peal off the game pieces and toss them into the change tray, saying you'll look at them later, you only keep the Free fry coupon and the get 1 Big Mac with purchase of sandwich of equal value... you get the idea. At the end of the month you have amassed quite a lot of these little game pieces, so many that you can't get to the change underneath to by a Sundae off the dollar menu. It is time to clean out the car and you know that nobody ever wins these things so you take out the coin tray and dump it, fishing out the change before hand. The problem is, all the pieces to win $100,000 cash prize was right there available to you, now in the trash!
Question- You could have won right? But you believed that no body wins, otherwise you would have taken the time to see before tossing the pieces out.
Many Christians feel the same way about their relationship with the Lord. We pray, peel off the sticker and put it in the cash tray, not really thinking anything will come of it. We get a few answered prayers, but when it comes to the big ones we don't think we are gonna win, so we add "if its your will Lord" and we resign ourselves to the fact that He is really not in our Favor and lacks the desire to Do anything of major impact.
But the reality is that the Lord DOES act on our behalf. He can not state that His mercies are new every morning, if He does not renew them right? He did something before the son rose.
I did not misspell that, the Lord did something before He rose. When Jesus died on the cross and took on himself, the wrath of God that was rightfully ours, He received for us the penalty, the scripture even says "He became Sin for us."- 2 Cor 5:21
He became the thing that separates us from God. There is no way around this only THROUGH Jesus' SIN-LESS life. God demanded perfection, he got it through the sacrifice of His perfect Son.
It is now our RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to step out in faith toward the things the Lord puts on our hearts to attempt, to step where He alone will make our footing sure, and without out him, failure is eminant.
Again we read ; Samuel 14:6 -Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."
Jonathan was taking on the Philistine army with a KID, his only assurance was confidence in the fact the Lord was able and willing. We too must strive to attain this confidence and to take on the strongholds of the enemy in our lives whether they lie in the challenges of our everyday walk or in the spiritual battles that each of us wage daily.
"Lord help us to have the confidence of Jonathan and his young armorbearer, to have a vision of victory so large that without divine intervention failure is certain. Let our trust in the favor we have earned only through Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Through this and nothing we have done, we are considered joint heirs with Christ, grafted into sonship. So Father, send your army to the battle field of our lives and fight the victorious battle on behalf of your most favored children. And in the future help us to trust you enough to declare in faith with boldness our prayers knowing IT IS your will to act on our behalf."