Matthew 6:9-13 ESV, "Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Focusing on ‘your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’, I want us to sit with the miraculous, supernatural, powerful plea that is expressed in Jesus’ words.
When we pray, we seek God to intervene in our circumstances and on behalf of others. I often catch myself listing off a ‘to do’ list to God rather than a gratitude list of ‘You have done’. And in our prayer requests, we often use our human experiences to summarize what is needed by God to answer those prayers. Isn’t that limiting what we can expect from God?
‘Your kingdom come‘ confirms Jesus, the Messiah, as living proof of God’s reign, power, and glory, as well as the fulfillment of His promise to return and rapture the earth to Heaven. These words are also a plea for all that is in Heaven, the glory of the Holy of Holy, to come into our lives and circumstances.
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven‘ is a statement of submission and admission. Jesus teaches us to look closely at our motives when we pray by pointing to the Father as the One who knows what is best for His children, rather than our flesh leading our prayers. Don’t we want the glory of Heaven to be manifested in our life, marriage, and children, and on earth? I may think I know what is best, but my best can’t stand up to God’s best.
God’s will is for you to grow, mature, and be a living representative of Heaven through experiencing Him in Spirit, the Word, worship, and prayer. We receive these treasures when we submit our will to His Sovereign rule as King of Kings and admit that our will is under His leadership.
Romans 12:2, "Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Friend, your Heavenly Father’s heart is tender, gentle, humble, kind, and compassionate for you. He is compelled by His great love for you to be a committed, powerful ally working on your behalf in every area of your life. He is for you.
So, when you pray, expect God’s best for you. Submit to His will by admitting that you want Heaven to show up on the earth, in your life, family, children, and community. Admit that you don’t have the answers, and you know He does.