God is not standing between you and the removal of the storm
Most Christians are praying as if they have to convince God that it would be good if He took away the storm or mountain. They are praying that way because that is what they define as fervent prayer. Others feel God sent the storm and even others feel they probably deserve the storm because they are so unworthy. They feel that if they can convince Him that it would be good to take away the storm, then they will get their answer.
Many Christians while they are trying to convince Him to take it away aren’t really sure if He would. About their storms, they pray, “oh God, please remove this storm, if it be thy will.” This has a religious and a “submissive” ring to it, but it is misplaced humility. It is always God’s will to remove storms and mountains in your life, though at times we have to access if we were the ones who put the storm or mountain there due to our own foolishness. Even in those cases God will remove the mountain or storm when we combine faith with wisdom.
The “If it be thy will” prayer is more often meant to be a prayer for guidance and discernment. You are to pray that way when you need to discern God’s purpose and will. Let’s say you have an idea or a direction, but you don’t know if it’s God’s highest and best direction, you have sought Him, but not heard yet, then you might pray…
Grant me this job, “if it be thy will.”
Give us a boy, “if it be thy will.”
Give us the purchase of this home, “if it be thy will.”
In this way you are submitting the final outcome to God, you are trusting Him. This is a fine use of “if it be thy will” prayer.
It is also useful as a clarification to submitting to God’s will when you already know what God’s will is. Jesus prayed that prayer in the garden. At that time it was appropriate as He knelt before the Father in a time of submission and sacrifice.
Matthew 26: 39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”
“If it be thy will” would have been the wrong way for Ezekiel to pray when God had already said to Him, “command these bones to live”. Initially Ezekiel didn’t know God’s will, so he replys, “O Lord God, Thou knowest.”
Ezekiel 37: 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 And He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, Thou knowest.”
But then in verse 4 God told him His will.
Ezekiel 37: 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ 5 “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.
When God reveals His will, it’s not approprieate to use “if it be thy will” prayers nor is it a true act of faith.
We need to shed the wondering if God wants storms and mountains out of our lives. You really have to ask, if you don’t think it is God’s will to move the mountains out of your life, why do you work so hard in the natural to move them. Aren’t you then resisting God?
God is not trying to get more storms and mountains into your world, He sent Jesus to defeat the power of storms and mountains. It’s strange how we in religion say we don’t know God’s will on healing, but we rush off to the doctor to get medicine to get well.
I John 3:8 …The Son of God appeared for this purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
It is always God’s will to help us and better our lives. Why would He go to all the trouble to save us by the death of His Son just to see us grovel in the curse and destruction.
In Romans 8:32 Paul says it so well, “ He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
I think we just don’t know how to get the healing result that is promised to us, so we play it safe by saying “if it be thy will”.