His Will on Earth

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 ESV

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Matthew 6:10 ASV

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 KJV

Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 CEV

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 NLT

The model prayer. The “Our Father.” “The Lord’s Prayer.” This five verse prayer is well known by Christians and nonChristians alike. Even before I knew Jesus personally, I had memorized this prayer as part of my catechism.

Yet sometimes I feel we rush through it. The very prayer spoken by our Savior to teach us how to pray has become mere words spoken from memory. We say it because He told use to, but our hearts do not grasp its depth.

One verse I feel we tend to speak a little too quickly is Matthew 6:10. You will see by the various interpretations I listed above, the wording and punctuation differ slightly with each translation.

I’ve always read this verse as asking God to usher in His kingdom and asking that His will be done, not mine. In essence, I thought I was praying for His plans to come to pass, not my plans.

And while I don’t think that is wrong, the other day I read this passage in a little different light. I read it from the perspective of the CEV (shown above). What’s the difference? One asks God to orchestrate things according to His plan; the other asks God to grant us the ability to do His plan without question. One surrenders to His sovereignty; the other asks for the strength to submit to His sovereignty. Do you see the difference?

Let’s think about heaven for a minute. Heaven is lit by God’s presence–so it’s always light. We will dwell in His Presence continually thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. And we will worship Him continually for eternity. In short, heaven is the place God always receives the glory and honor He deserves. Heaven is the place earth was intended to be before sin tainted it. There will be no sin, no tears, no grumbling, and no complaining in Heaven. Heaven is God’s will. Heaven is the place God always gets His way–and where everyone is happy about that.

Now look back to Matthew 6:10. When we pray God’s will be done on Earth as it is in heaven, we are going beyond just asking that God does His will. We are going beyond surrender and onto submission. Surrender says, “Okay, have it your way.” Submission says, “As you will, my Lord.” Or in the words of Jesus, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42 ESV)

One way Jesus brought Heaven to Earth was by always doing God’s will on earth as God’s will is done in heaven: without question.  So when we pray as Jesus prayed, we too are praying that we will obey God’s voice in the same way all of Heaven obeys Him without question. When we pray God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on Earth as it is in heaven, we are praying that we will do God’s will on earth in the same way we will do His will in heaven: immediately and with joy.

I am not sure what your life looks like today, but regardless of what it looks like, I pray that you will take the time to ask God’s will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Whether you pray with surrendering faith, trusting that His will will be done even though you may not understand the reason for the way things are–or whether you pray it as a request that He give you the strength to do His will even when you do not understand and may not want to–please pray.

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day 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 evil.
Matthew 6:9‭-‬13 ESV



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