Prayer in the Lord’s Name (6) – Thy Will Be Done

The next point is related to the will of God. Here he teaches us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This portion of the prayer reminds me of Genesis one.  If I could quote the passage, it says, “Let Us create man in Our image.”  God is speaking, there. Then it says, “Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the cattle, and over all the earth.”  Then it says, “And especially over the creeping thing.”  So when God created man, it was His intention that man would have dominion and that man would rule over the earth. Here in the Lord’s Prayer it says, “Thy will be done on earth, just like it is in heaven.”  You see, in heaven, where God’s throne is, there is no problem. God’s will is done in heaven.  God speaks, and it is carried out, but on the earth it is a different situation.  So Jesus teaches us to pray, “Thy will be done on earth, just like it is in heaven.”  Just like, in the book of Genesis, it says it was God’s intention that man would rule over this earth. The will of God mentioned in this prayer also reminds me of Matthew 7 where it says, “Not every one who says, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father.”  You see, entering into the Kingdom is not related to us just praying, “Lord, Lord”, but it is related to what? It is related to doing the will of the Father.  So in this model prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray, “Thy will be done.” In other words, God we want Your will to be done, as it is in the heavens, as You see it, and as You desire it to happen on the earth. We want the will that is in the heavens where there are no problems, to come to this earth.”
Concluding the Lord’s Prayer
So let’s conclude.  We have talked about seven points from the Lord’s Prayer or the model prayer.  First of all, we are to pray in the Lord’s name. Secondly, we are to pray, “Thy Kingdom come”. Thirdly, pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Those three points are related to God:  Thy Name, Thy Kingdom, and Thy will.  Then there are four more points in that prayer related to us. How is that? Give us what we need today, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Then, “Forgive us our trespasses, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”