Your Will be Done
Read Matthew 6:9-13
“Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
This verse is a petition based on the doctrine which Christ preached during his ministry and previously echoed by John the Baptist. Their beliefs were pointing out to their followers that both the kingdom of God in Heaven and the kingdom of the Messiah was at hand.
God’s kingdom sums up everything a Christian longs for and Corinthians 13 describes this as a world characterized by faith, hope, and love.
“Now that which we see is as if we were looking in a broken mirror. But then we will see everything. Now I know only a part. But then I will know everything in a perfect way. That is how God knows me right now. And now we have these three: faith and hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.”
Corinthians 13:12-13 New Life Translation
If our earthly world was built on only these three principles, how much more peaceful, more beautiful, and more livable would it be than the world we’re living in right now? Many years ago, I worked at a large city newspaper. It was a daily grind of stress and deadlines. One day, my supervisor came up to me and told me that I seemed a lot calmer and more relaxed lately. She said that I even seemed happier. At the time, I didn’t even know why. Eventually, I realized that it was the same time that my relationship with Jesus Christ became real. I was praying daily and pouring over God’s word with passion and meaning. I was the same person, but my soul was awakened.
“…your will be done”
God’s will should be our will, not the other way around. We pray to align with God’s plan for us. If we pray that God align with our plan, wishes, and dreams, we would be be asking God for an a la carte menu to pick and choose what we want. We would be negating his all-knowing wisdom and sovereignty. We may never see the whole picture, but God drew it.
The movie, “Bruce Almighty” with Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman shows us an over-simplified example of what would happen if our will ruled the world. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, God gave this disgruntled, down-on-his-luck guy named Bruce, the power to run the world as he saw fit. Bruce insulted and challenged God. So, God gave him a test and let Bruce “be God”. At first, Bruce loved the control and all the pleasurable, temporary happiness it gave him. After time, he saw that he wasn’t fit for the job. He tried to please everyone, including himself. Eventually, Bruce learned that God doesn’t show his love by giving daily gifts and intervention, God’s love (kingdom) is delivered through an all-knowing and ongoing presence in our lives.
Praying this petition in the Lord’s Prayer should be a total surrender to the will of God. To be more specific, we humbly ask God to give us the strength to follow His will, not ours. We need to passionately feel the desire that God’s will be done here in our world as well as in heaven. God doesn’t need our input to make His will happen but it is His wish that we participate. He wants us to pray for His will to be active not only in the world, but in our lives. He wants us to be onboard with Him.
“…on earth as it is in heaven”
The promise of God’s kingdoms being fulfilled on earth and heaven, provides a gift that cannot be provided by anything or given by anyone. The delivery of God’s kingdom means a “new heaven and a new earth”. If we truly want the will of God, than we have to humbly accept the hills and valleys of His plan for us. The beauty and the beast. We must suffer through heartaches and challenges and rejoice in knowing that that He is in charge now and forever.
By praying for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven, we are praying for his plan to be completed. It is the surrender of our perceived control over our fleeting lives to the complete perfect control of God’s eternal wishes for our lives. Offer to God your willingness to accept His will for your life and you will enjoy the blessings of His kingdom of faith, hope, and love now and forever more.
- Read Corinthians 13. What strikes you about the love in this letter? Is it superficial emotional love, or something deeper?
- Are there areas of your life you have hidden from God? Treasures or secrets you have that you’re shielding from God’s wisdom?
- What would be your perfect world that you think you would want to live in for eternity? Would it involve doing whatever you want? Do you trust something greater than you control your future?
- Corinthians 13 is read at many weddings for a reason. It is probably the most perfect scripture written about love. The love is pure, profound, and permanent love. Pray about your faith. Pray about the hopes you have in your life. Now, pray about what you truly and deeply love. See if you agree with Paul, that the “greatest of these is love.”
- Open up to God. He knows what’s in your heart and what you’re trying to keep from Him. The more willing you are to give your life to Him, the more you will enjoy the pure joy from His plan for your life. Pray one thing to Him this week that you’ve never prayed before. He already knows it, but it can transform you just sharing it with Him.
- Make a concerted effort this week to release things in your life you can’t control. You cannot control what other people think or say. You can’t control what happens to you. One day at a time. Be mindful of your position in this world, be the man or woman that God made you to be. Be focused on faith, hope, and love. Look for God’s kingdom here on earth.
Where else in your life can you live out the teachings of Christ? Look for next week’s Devotion.