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Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer - Part 2
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
We will continue our remarks on the Lord’s Prayer. As we stated, it is an outline of how we should pray. I remember reciting this prayer daily in grade school. That was good and I wish that all of our children had the same privilege today. However when we recite something such as this by rote it is quite possible, and more than likely, that we will not realize just how much depth each phrase contains. There is much more depth to each phrase than we can cover here, but we'll scratch the surface with a few thoughts for your consideration.
Last week we covered the phrases “Our Father which art in heaven", "Hallowed be thy name," “Thy kingdom come”. Next we have:
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
The question can rightly be asked, "What is the will of God?" One thing we know for sure; the will of God is diametrically opposed to our human wills. My will urges me to be number one at the expense of others. My natural instinct is to gain as much of this world’s goods as possible, without regard to others. Jesus gave us a perfect example of submitting our will to God when He prayed in the garden, "Nevertheless, not my will but thy will be done." Philippians 2:5-8 urges us be of the same mind as Jesus. Although He was God, He didn’t cling to His prerogatives as God, but He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God legislated His will when He gave His law to Moses on Mt. Sinai, namely the Ten Commandments. We remember that when Jesus was questioned as to which was the greatest commandment He replied that if we loved God with all our hearts and our neighbor as ourselves we would fulfill all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Jesus demonstrated the perfect application of the law and will of God that was legislated on Sinai in The Sermon on the Mount of which the Lord's Prayer is a part. In this sermon we are given specific instruction as to what the will of God is.
Jesus told us that not everybody who shouts "Lord, Lord" or who has even done mighty works in His name will enter the kingdom. Only those who have done the will of the Father. Sobering thought, isn’t it?
Matthew 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus is our pattern on fulfilling the will of God. The agony of the cross wasn’t pleasant, but it was necessary. In fact the cross was and is the crux or focus of God’s will from eternity past. In the mind of God, Calvary was already an accomplished fact. Jesus was a Lamb slain before the foundations of the world (Revelation 13:8) and our names were written in The Lamb’s book of life at the same time (Ephesians 1:4). Before time even began, God determined after the council of His own will to bring all things together in One, even in Christ (Ephesians 1:9-11).
God is not willing that any should perish (John 3:17; II Peter 3:9) but that all will come to the knowledge of the truth and believe on Jesus. If we fulfill God’s will by believing and obeying the gospel, we have His promise of being raised up to eternal life. If we won’t believe we have a promise of damnation (Mark 16:16). That hard, but it is the word of God so we best take heed.
John 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Our conformity to the world is our greatest hindrance to letting the will of God have full reign in our lives. When our minds are filled with triviality and weighed down with the cares of life, we lose our focus (Luke 8:14, 21:34) . When we allow our minds to be renewed by God’s word and Spirit, we reject the trash of this world and focus on that which has eternal value.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
None of us is perfect in comprehending, much less fulfilling the will of God. It is a progressive work in our lives which cannot be neglected. Paul prayed continually that the Colossians would have such wisdom and understanding of God’s will.
Colossians 1:9 ¶ For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
This is my prayer and I’m sure it is your's also. “ Lord Jesus, help me to know and to do your will. Help me Lord to see as you see and to feel as you feel. Help me Lord to weigh each though and motive against the precepts of your eternal word. That I can truly say with conviction, "Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven."
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