Often, when I read through Scripture, I will find myself reading the same words over and over again. I get stuck on a passage when questions flood my mind. I must find the answers, and until I do, the verse or passage will keep coming back to me. Even if I go ahead and read on, I’ll find myself going back to the verse that had me pondering and continue seeking God for what He wants me to get from it. When I was reading through Matthew 6, I got stuck on verse 10. It says, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
What is the significance?
This isn’t just Jesus saying those words, this is Jesus giving the disciples directions in how to pray. We cannot take lightly the things Jesus said. Jesus is telling us that we must pray that God’s will is done here, on earth. This means that God’s will isn’t just automatically done, not in this fallen world. We have to pray for it.
Have you ever really considered the words, “Your kingdom come”? In my study Understanding the Kingdom, I talked about what the kingdom really is, and how it applies to everyday life. Included in that post, is the definition, “The kingdom of God is wherever God is ruling and reigning.” You see, if you allow Him to rule and reign over your life, surrendering all your personal kingdoms to Him, you’re living in the kingdom of God and therefore live in victory.
Why is this in “The Lord’s Prayer”?
Have you ever just taken a few minutes to think about some of the things Christians have said for years? Things that have become just habitual and not even thought about? For instance, we end our prayers with “Amen”, or “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” I have experienced someone getting angry with me for not closing a prayer in the traditional way. I inquired as to why they ended every prayer the same way. The answer, “It’s just what we do, it’s in the Bible.” I hope my question got them to think about what they believe and why they believe it.
It’s not that I am against these things, but I do think people ought to consider the reasons they use certain phrases, and realize that such phrases often lose their meaning over time simply because it has become habit. Such as the words Jesus said we should pray. The whole passage should be carefully considered, but this is the part that I am stuck on right now, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
What is Heaven like?
We all have ideas and imaginations about what heaven is like. Most of us imagine a far off place where everything is perfect and wonderful. Where there is “no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. No more pain.” To be honest, when I consider heaven and what it may be like, I look more toward the beginning of creation here, on Earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” If you read on, you find out that everything was good, and perfect, and wonderful… until man turned the world over to Satan. Man was fooled into believing he was missing out on something and therefore ate of the forbidden fruit.
As you read in the first few chapters of Genesis, you find that Adam and Eve had an amazing life. They had all they needed in regards to food and water. Had complete peace with themselves and their surroundings, including all animals. They were healthy and strong. And, they spent time just hanging out with the Creator of it all. Since God started creation in that way, isn’t it safe to say it is His will? In my imagination, heaven is pretty much like that.
God takes care of us. He meets all of our needs. We are at peace with ourselves and our surroundings. And, we hang out with God, the Creator of it all in a world free from sin, darkness, and shame. In a world where no harm can come to us and beauty surrounds us everywhere we go.
What is His will?
With that in mind, I consider what Jesus tells us to pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What is God’s will? Put simply, that we live as He first desired us to live. Our needs are met, we are healthy and strong, we are at peace with ourselves and our surroundings, and we meet with God regularly. Hanging out with Him and allowing Him to draw close to us, and guide our steps through this broken, dark, and sinful world so that we become all He intended us to be and help others do the same.
God is a giving God, but I have found, with every offer from Him, we have a part. We are partners with Him, He isn’t just a genie in a lamp or a man in a red suit waiting for that one day a year he can answer our letter.
What is our part in God’s will being done?
- Pray for it, as we stated before. Jesus said to pray that His will would be done.
- Get your mind on the right things.
- Live in His grace, don’t let this world overcome you, instead, overcome the world.
- Believe and receive when you pray. His Word is full of truth and promise, but you must believe what it says.
- Bear good fruit and follow Christ’s example.
- Give graciously. Let God show you how amazing it is to give, of your time, talents, money… whatever it may be.
- Strive for peace with your Christian family, and give yourself to prayer and seeking.
- Don’t conform to this world and it’s way of thinking.
It is important to take the time to question and find the answers when you read the Bible. When you make God the main thing, He helps you learn. He guides you step by step, lesson by lesson.
Join with me in praying God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. If it couldn’t happen, Jesus would not have told us to pray that it would!
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