“Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
One of the first prayers a Christian learns is “The Lord’s Prayer,” which should actually be called “The Disciples’ Prayer” as it was they who asked, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). This prayer serves as a model for us, teaching us to approach God with reverence and worship in an attitude of surrender, humility and obedience. I’ve been in many worship services, classes, and events where the prayer is prayed by the congregation in unison and I often wonder if we, as the pray-ers are really aware of what we are saying. One part in particular always makes we want to shout, “Wait! Do you understand these words? Is this really your heart’s desire?
How many times have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer and said “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? Have you ever stopped to think about what that really means and why Jesus included it in His model prayer?
Have you considered that we ask for His kingdom to come because God is King? He is the King of the entire universe because He is the Creator of the entire universe and His rule is sovereign – that means He is the absolute authority over the universe, which includes all humankind. (We will look at the “human” side of creation in the next Deeper Roots post.) A king’s word is always the law of the land. The Word of the King of the universe is to be obeyed without question. God created the universe with only His spoken word. He said, “Let there be . . .” (Genesis 1:3, 6, 14), and out of the void, life sprang forth in obedience to his command. The Psalmist wrote, “He spoke, and [the world] came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9). God is Creator and King and His will is His absolute priority.
The question of God’s will has been a constant theme for thousands of years. We want to know God’s will for our lives, but this verse invites us to look for the bigger picture and how we fit into it. While God does have a will – a plan and purpose – for our individual lives, that will is encompassed by the greater will of God, the will that was in place before He spoke the first command of creation. The apostle Paul says that God’s will is to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under the sovereign authority of Christ (ref. Ephesians 1:10). This is the fulfillment of the times—the ultimate purpose of all existence is the Lordship of Christ Jesus. God’s plan was firmly fixed from before time began. Understand that God isn’t making decisions and altering events as they unfold. All of human history has been moving toward one result: the coronation of Jesus Christ as the King of kings with “authority, glory and sovereign power, everlasting dominion, and a kingdom that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).
So when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (emphasis added), we are surrendering our will to the will of God and committing to be part of ushering in the Kingdom of God and Christ. Like the angels in heaven, we are swearing our total allegiance to the authority and rule of the only rightful Ruler of the universe. This is God’s will for your life. He created you with so much more in mind than you can conceive. He created you to be part of His eternal kingdom. As you consider the words of this prayer, ask yourself, “What would the world look like if God’s will were done on earth through me?”
Holy Father, Sovereign King, I surrender my life and all that I am and have to Your will. Use me to bring Your kingdom to this earth. I long for the day when Jesus rules and reigns for eternity. Amen.