One of my favorite songs lyrically, this was written to offer encouragement to those (including myself) who sometimes wonder why our prayers sometimes seem to go unanswered.
Having been asked the question by my son and, having previously seen good, faithful people taken from us despite our prayers for healing, this song provides an explanation to all of us who go through hardship.
It is a reminder that even the Son of God prayed to the Father for deliverance in his desperation and fear. Even he, in his pain, cried out asking why God had foresaken him.
The night before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22-42).
Within hours he was tortured, humiliated and died in an agonising way. On the face of it, it must have seemed his prayers had gone unanswered.
Despite this, Jesus was obedient and remained faithful. Despite being clothed in the weakness of our human emotions and pain, he saw the bigger plan and the eternal inheritance his suffering would give to all humanity.
For that reason, he was willing to give everything so that God’s will would be done, even if God’s perfect plan took him somewhere he didn’t want to go.
Jesus died for us to have eternal life and, in this context, our sufferings on Earth (no matter how unbearable) are fleeting when compared to our eternal inheritance in Christ.
As well as being based on Jesus’s prayer in the garden and also the Lord’s prayer, Will Be Done is also inspired by several other verses. These include:
“Lord hear my prayer, its rising to you from the depths of despair (Psalm 143-1: ‘Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief’)
“The path is long, that leads me to your kingdom” (Matthew 7-14: ‘But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it’)
“You take my troubles, wipe away my cares” (Psalm 120-1: ‘I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer’)
“Lord you know just what we need so take me where you lead” (Matthew 6-8: ‘Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him’ and also Psalm 32-8: ‘The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you”‘)
“Help me understand, it’s your perfect plan” (Jeremiah 29-11:’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope’)
Words and music copyright Jason Dowty 2016.