Thy will be done…

Jesus taught his disciples to pray that God’s will be done on earth as it is heaven. I have traditionally thought of this as meaning the transformation of the earth into a heavenly place by divine fiat.

On reflecting deeper though, a new perspective emerges. Indeed the emphasis of those words lie in something that is not expressed overtly but in reality is the understanding I get when I approach it simply.

The prayer is that mankind would cease its rebellion against God and submit to do his will as the occupants of heaven submit to his will. In heaven there is no dissent; whatever God wills is done with dispatch and complete loyalty. Jesus was essentially teaching the disciples to pray for a yieldedness to God’s sovereignty.

Unless we are so yielded, we will hinder his will upon the earth, however often we may say this prayer.

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