Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Lord's Prayer: Your Will Be Done

Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

How does this petition differ from 'Your kingdom come?'

It could be a stepping-up of the same idea. Or, maybe these two petitions work together to reflect the idea of already-but-not-yet.

The kingdom is expanding in the here and now. Ever since Jesus proclaimed good news to the poor, the kingdom of heaven has been working its way through the earth like yeast in the flour (Matt. 13:33).

So, we pray for that ongoing advancement of the kingdom. That’s the already.

At the same time, when we pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth as in heaven, we’re praying for his will to be done perfectly. 

While nothing thwarts the Father’s will, when we look at the earth today, it’s hard to see his will being done in the visible realm as perfectly as in heaven. That’s the not yet.

We long for the day when Jesus’ work of making all things new (Rev 21:5) reaches completion. We long—and pray—to see the Father’s will done perfectly, on earth as in heaven!

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