“May your kingdom come; may your will come to pass, as in heaven, so too on earth.”
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:10, KJV)
Beloved, in heaven, the angels wait, ready and prepared—anxious to serve God’s every command. Their actions define absolute obedience, and while they wait for God’s next task, they stay busy worshiping before the throne. So, tell me, does that describe your life? Is perfect obedience to God’s will what you are striving toward? If you are praying this prayer, then that is what you are asking God to make your life look like. In heaven there is no hemming and hawing about doing what God commands, it is simply done. To pray that his will would be done on earth is to pray that your life and every life around you will be conformed to that same image.
Now, there will come a time, when God remakes the earth, free from the effects of the fall, that His will will be done as eagerly on earth as it is done in heaven. But right now, I don’t think that most of us fall comfortably into that category. I know that I wrestled with my own calling to the ministry for 5 years before God finally said, “enough.”
When you pray this prayer, you are asking God to conform you to obedience. You are asking him to conform your every desire to his will. Sadly, as I reflect on my own life and my own struggles to grow in obedience, I am not entirely sure whether I am ready for God’s will to be done in my life as it is done in heaven. Are you ready? Were God to call you to sell everything you own and leave for the mission field, would you be willing and ready to do it or would you hem and haw and find excuses not to? Abram was 75 years old when God called him into service.
As you reflect on this portion of the prayer, reflect on your motives for doing things in life. Is Jesus the reason you do what you do? Is he the reason you get up in the morning? Is the reason you draw breath to do God’s will? Do you live or do to the glory of God? This is what you are praying for when you pray this prayer.