Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6 : 10b
This section of the Lord’s Prayer is, perhaps, the most dangerous thing we can ever pray for. It is not just some wishful thinking about God changing the world, or a general message to humanity. It is personal. It is about obeying God’s will. Our free will, our freedom to choose, is on the line here. We are asking God to get our wills in line with his. This can often be the hardest thing in the world.
Remember what happened to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The possibility of the Cross was starkly before him. He prayed, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done.” Where would we be if Jesus had followed his own will?
True happiness lies in obeying God’s will.
A friend sent me a video recently which showed pictures of the earth under ‘lockdown’ – empty streets, a deserted Disney World, Mecca abandoned. It then went on to show the natural world – rivers still flowing, the sun rising, animals moving around as normal. It seemed as if human beings had suddenly left the earth! In contrast, earth, water and sky get on fine without us and they are beautiful.
The video ends with a message from the Earth to each of us – “Remember when you come back, you are my guest, not my master!” That must be part of God’s will!
“Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
Action: Think about what God would want the ‘new normal’ to be and decide to help to make it happen when the time comes.