Bible Reference: Matthew 6:9-13; 2 Peter 3:12; Matthew 16:23

This article first appeared in our fall 2012 newsletter.

I want to highlight 2 phrases of the Lord’s prayer found in Matt 6:9-13. As I have been reading this passage God has spoken to my heart in a powerful way. I pray that he will use his word to do the same for you.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come”- this petition is teaching us that our hearts need to be aligned with His will on earth. We are to seek His “kingdom come.” We are to seek to spread more of Him on this earth and see Him redeem a lost and broken world. Our hearts should not be set on our own “kingdom” or purposes to come, but on seeing His come. It is a missional prayer. The kingdom of God resides within our hearts as we believe in Him. It is also represented through our submission to Him here on earth as we imitate what it will one day be in heaven. By praying for His kingdom come, we are asking that more of Him be spread and known.

It goes to show that praying “thy will be done” can be one of the most challenging statements in our daily life. We release the grip of control and comfort by saying that.

We are also “looking for and hasting unto the coming day of God” 2 Peter 3:12 through this prayer. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”- this corresponds with the previous phrase. Praying for His will to be done means that we have submitted our own will to His purposes. These two phrases speak to me about my heart getting aligned with His will and purposes here on earth, not my own. In Matt 16:23 Jesus rebukes Peter strongly for suggesting that He should not go to Jerusalem to “suffer many things”. He says “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men”. Peter was seeking his own will of having Christ remain on earth and reign from earth. I can’t say that I wouldn’t have asked Jesus to stay if I were in Peter’s shoes.

It goes to show that praying “thy will be done” can be one of the most challenging statements in our daily life. We release the grip of control and comfort by saying that. By releasing our grip on control, we can see that ultimately God’s plans are divine and greater than we can comprehend. What I would also point out is that we need to remember in those moments that we serve a good God. He is not a reigning tyrant demanding his way. His word says that he has plans for you, good plans. We need to realign our minds to understanding that our definition of “good” and His can be so different.

I thank God that He is my perfect heavenly father who I can trust no matter what. This gives me courage to lay down my demands and pray “Thy will be done.” I leave you with a challenge to examine your hearts to see where you have been praying or even begging “my will be done”, and to submit your heart to our good and perfect God.

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Brooke Jordan

Brooke is a former staff member at C Bar N/MWSB Ministries. Her and her husband Adam live in Great Falls with their son Sage.
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