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.
It is the Christian’s desire that God be praised and His will be done. We want this earth to reflect the perfection of heaven.
What makes Heaven perfect? His untarnished will is always done there. The forerunners of the faith are accompanied by heavenly angels as they gladly sing praises to the Heavenly Father. There is no sin to distract from the perfect and joyful following of God’s Will, and there is no sickness, pain, or despair.
Heaven is the picture of what we want here on earth. It is our prayer that we will fulfill God’s plan for our lives and praise God completely. We pray that God will use us to do His will.
How do we know what God’s will is? He gave us His Word to use as our guide and compass. There is no end to the practical and helpful wisdom found in the Bible.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17Searching the Scriptures and praying that God will give us a clear understanding is the key to knowing God’s will. Fall in love with your Bible. It is the most important possession you have.
This is not always easy. I struggle with putting my time with God above my other activities and pursuits. Remember that unlike other books the Bible never disappoints. It is like a treasure trove waiting to be explored.
God’s will isn’t always the easy path. When Jesus prayed in Matthew 26:42, “Your will be done,” He knew that it was God’s will that he be arrested that night and suffer an excruciating death the next day. Jesus put obedience to the will of God over comfort and self-preservation. We should continually pray that we will have both the inclination and strength to follow God’s will.