The Lord's Prayer: Your Will Be Done
Probably one of the hardest things to pray and really mean is this third petition of the Lord's Prayer: God, not mine but Your will be done - fully and completely! Let's consider what it means for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Welcome to this series on the Lord's Prayer. We are studying through Matthew 6:9-13 alongside Kathryn Shirey's study guide, Pray Deep: The Lord's Prayer."
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The Lord's Prayer, Outline:
Introduction and Greeting (“Our Father, who art in heaven”)
Petitions for God:
- God’s glory - praise and adoration for who He is (“Hallowed be thy name”)
- God’s kingdom (“Thy kingdom come”)
- God’s will (“Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”)
Petitions for Us:
- Our needs (“Give us this day, our daily bread”)
- Our forgiveness (“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”)
- Our protection (“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”)
Closing and Doxology (“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”)
Your Will Be Done
We have already focused our hearts and minds on heaven - on God's kingdom and His will.
What's left for us to do but to respond with submission?!
- God, not my will be done but yours!
- However you'd like to answer my prayer, I know you are listening and are answering in love.
- God, you are in control, not me!
We remember once again Jesus' example when He prayed in the garden before He was to be betrayed and crucified, "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42).
On Earth, as it is in Heaven
God's will is playing our perfectly in heaven where He is receiving all of the praise and glory He deserves and sin is not allowed.
We pray for God's will to be done here on earth as well, knowing that with sin present, God's will works out differently here on earth compared to heaven. Yet, we desire nothing more than for God to be in charge and for His will to be done.
Let me quote from Kathryn Shirey's study guide: "In heaven, the angels worship Him day and night without end, fully obedient to his will. Yet, here on earth, we wrestle with our own free will. cultural expectations, and the influence of others."
Surely, we do need to pray this prayer every time: "God, we submit to your will!"
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