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In the King’s Hands

Lord Bolingbroke said to the Countess of Huntington, ‘I cannot understand, Your Ladyship, how you can make out earnest prayer to be consistent with submission to the Divine will.”

“My lord,” she said, “that si a matter of no difficulty. If I were a courtier of some generous king and he gave me permission to ask any favour I pleased of him, I should be sure to put it thus, ‘Will your Majesty be graciously pleased to grant me such-and-such a favour – but at the same time, though I very much desire it, if it would in any way detract from Your Majesty’s honor, or if in Your Majesty’s judgment it should seem better that I did not have this favour, I shall be quite as content to go without it as to receive it.’ So you see I might earnestly offer a petition and yet I might submissively leave it in the king’s hands.”

So with God. We never offer up prayer without inserting that clause, either in Spirit or in words, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. Not my will but Yours be done.”

Charles Spurgeon. Sermon: The Golden Key of Prayer

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