Prayer: Bringing heaven to earth

Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Mat 6:10

14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

The last of those bold God-ward imperatives we will be looking at is “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”. This is a very big declaration and one that takes a very big person to declare and request. We all have a will. There are things we would like to have, to do, to see, to experience. But mature prayer declares first and foremost, before I start asking God for those things that are in my will, that his will should be done. If you would like to see the prime example of this being modeled, you would have to look at the prayer of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. There he was, knowing that he had a matter of hours to live. With death imminent, he declares ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.’

Just what kind of Christian maturity does it take to pray a prayer like that in face of the situation before him? That’s our prime example. God’s will is always done perfectly in heaven, and so the cry of our hearts as we come to God is “may we have that on earth as well please?” We acknowledge that the will of man is only good where it is submitted to that of God, otherwise you just have to see what he has done to the world to see that his will will get him nowhere.

Whatever situation you are facing in life, ask God for his will to be done, not yours. That was you will be safe and you will know that the outcome will only be good. Your will be done Lord!



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