“Our obligation is to do God’s will, and not our own. We must remember this if the prayer that our Lord commanded us to say daily is to have any meaning on our lips. How unreasonable it is to pray that God’s will be done, and then not promptly obey it when he calls us from this world! Instead we struggle and resist like self-willed slaves and are brought into the Lord’s presence with sorrow and lamentation, not freely consenting to our departure, but constrained by necessity. And yet we expect to be rewarded with heavenly honors by him to whom we came against our will! Why then do we pray for the kingdom of heaven to come if this earthly bondage pleases us?”
Cyprian, Sermon on Man’s Mortality
I read this passage this morning, and it will stick with me all day. It’s a timely reminder as I continue to struggle with God’s will versus my will.