"This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven ....'" (Matthew 6:9-10 NIV)
Confession: I sometimes have trouble complying with "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Thankfully, He does not conform His will to match mine. When He shows mercy to a sinner, I sometimes may want justice. Sometimes when He gives justice, I may want mercy. When I want rapid results, He often acts slowly and when I want Him to be slow to act, He may act quickly. When I want things, He offers peace and contentment with what I have. When I want peace and contentment, He may take away my things. Then, when I feel peace and contentment, He may multiply the things I asked to receive. When I pray for healing, the person may die. When I pray for Him to end the suffering, He may allow the person to continue in their suffering. When I pray for answers He may offer none.
I am just as thankful that in my relationships He does not conform to my will. When I pray, "Your will be done!" in my relationships, what I really mean is that I want these people to do things that suit my needs and my desires. I want my children to act the way I think they should. I want my wife to do what pleases me in everything she does or says. I want my friends to respond as I think they should. I want my work to produce the kinds of results that affirm my worth.
I know the Lord knew what was best when He said, "This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done as it is in heaven ....'" I know this is how I should pray. And I try. I know that His will must and will be done regardless of whether I agree with it or not. It is always best. And I know that my own will must conform to His in all things.
I know all that. I believe all that. Completely. Wholeheartedly. I know it is best. I know it is right. I know that even when I struggle with praying it, I still must pray it. Because I know all those things are true I will continue to pray, "Father, may Your will be done in all things on earth as it is in heaven."