“May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:10 (NLT)
The disciples came to Jesus and asked Him to show them how to pray. Jesus shared with them what is now known as the “Lord’s Prayer”. In the prayer He says, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Notice Jesus did not say, “God, may my will be done on earth.” So often that is how we are tempted to pray. Instead Jesus teaches us to align our desires with God the Father. In “Desiring God’s Will”, Dr. David Benner writes, “The prayer that comes most naturally for all of us is ‘My name be hallowed, my kingdom come, my will be done.’ This is a prayer of independence and willfulness. It is the liturgy of the kingdom of self. The prayer that goes against our nature and that can become our prayer only through the action of divine grace, is the Lord’s prayer. It inverts everything in the liturgy of the kingdom of the self – ‘Thy name be hallowed, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.’ It is a prayer of surrendered autonomy and willingness. It is the liturgy of the kingdom of God.” Today, attune your heart with God. Pray for wisdom, discernment and align your request with His will. Then we can pray, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Father, I ask that You would help me discern Your will for my life. Help me align my joys, desires and will with Yours I pray.
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