This is a phrase heard regularly in the prayers of saints. It would seem this phrase is accompanied by the sentiment that the praying person or group does not know what God's will is, but they want it to be done regardless of what that person or group wants. That leaves me wondering why so many people feel they do not know the will of God. Here's an example: a member of the church is going in for surgery. The person being operated on has had a heart attack, and it isn't known whether the damage can be repaired. The prayer asks that "the damage be repairable, OR that God's will be done." The assumption here is that God may not want the damage to be repairable. Why would anyone think something like that? Since when did it become common to believe that God WANTS His children to suffer with irreparable bodily damage, chronic illness, mental anguish, or anything that we weren't created with the intention of bearing? I tend to believe that if it isn't something we weren't created with the intention of having, it's not a good thing - and God doesn't want bad things for us. They happen, they're part of the results of sin and a fallen world, but they are not God's will for us. So why do so many seem to think they are? For those that pray in the manner I've described, please explain. I do understand that the Lord's Prayer included "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." However, in heaven His will is done perfectly and doesn't include pain and suffering, from what we know of heaven.