Sometimes Things Are Not As Easy As They Sound
“Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
The Lord’s Prayer is something we have all heard and said countless times. I am afraid that it has become so commonplace that we do not take the time to consider the significance of what we are praying. One of those easy to overlook verses in the Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:10.
In this verse, we are asking that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The obvious question then is how His will is done in Heaven. It is always done in Heaven and done immediately. Not only is it done immediately it is also completed joyfully.
Unfortunately, God’s will is not done as often here on earth. We need to look no further than the daily news to see this fact. God’s will is that all would be saved and follow Him completely but we clearly know that is not happening in our world.
Let’s stop for a moment and consider the significance of praying Matthew 6:10. First, God does have a plan for our lives and that plan according to Romans 8:29 is that “we might be conformed to His image.” In other words, we might grow daily to be more like Jesus. His will is for us to follow this path.
The problem is that so often His will conflicts with what we have on our agenda. We have a plan in our minds of what we want to accomplish with our lives. The question becomes whether or not our plan lines up with God’s plan. When we pray Matthew 6:10, we are asking God to override our plans and our will for our lives. We are telling God that He wins. We are giving up what we believe best for our lives and truly trusting Him with our future.
Even though we have recited the Lord’s Prayer thousands of times, Matthew 6:10 is not a casual prayer. It is a prayer of determination and intensity in which we readily admit that we want what God wants for our lives. I am convinced that this prayer is a very difficult prayer to pray.
I prayed this prayer many years ago and then God totally changed the direction of my career and life pursuits. That change has been difficult at times but I can tell you without hesitation that is has also been the biggest blessing of my life. When we give God control of our lives, He can be trusted to do what is best for us!
I pray that the words of the Matthew 6:10 will come alive in all of our hearts. That we will daily submit to God’s will for our lives. Psalm 37:4 declares: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This verse tells us that when His desires become our desires then He will truly give us His best for our lives.