“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” ~Matthew 6:10
When Jesus prayed the “Our Father” prayer, He prayed that God’s will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Time and time again, Jesus emphazised that He came to do the will of the Father and not His own. Jesus was in complete agreement with God concerning God’s will for His life, even though it meant He would die on the cross. Jesus was unwavering in His purpose because He was rooted in relationship with God. Because of their relationship, Jesus trusted God with every aspect of His life, which is why this partnership was so successful. Because of it, we are blessed with the prescious gifts of salvation and the Holy Spirit, which enables us to have an up-close-and-personal relationship with God in the present and eternally in Heaven.
Through the eyes of Jesus, we also have the ulimate example of how the Father’s will (which was already done in Heaven) manifested on the earth. So, when we think about our partnership with God, we need look no further than the amazing relationship between our Father and our Savior. So, what can we learn from Jesus that can help us to successfully partner with with God regarding His plans for our lives? I encourage you to read any (or all) of the Gospels to see what you might learn. However, here are my top five from the Gospel of John:
- Jesus was rooted in His relationship with God: Jesus knew God intimately. In the gospels He spoke often of His relationship with His Father. He was steadfast in the knowledge that His Father loved Him. (John 1:1-3) (John 10:29-30) (John 17:20 – 26)
- Jesus was in constant communication with God – Prayer was Jesus’ gateway to communicate with His Father. Many times, Jesus would go off alone to pray. He prayed often because He was entirely dependent upon His Father and loved Him deeply.
- Jesus was obedient to God’s will – Jesus did not speak or act on His own accord. He sought God’s wisdom in all things and, He consistently carried out the will of His Father. (John 4:34) (John 5:30) (John 12:49-50)
- Jesus was a servant: – Everything Jesus did was to serve others. Jesus’ focus was never on Himself. He was always thinking of how to help others. (John 13:14)
- Jesus understood His purpose – Jesus understood the purpose of His life so deeply that He was unwavering in His walk. He came to serve and save mankind. With this great clarity, Jesus walked out the vision that God had laid before Him. (John 12:23)
When we pray “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven“, we too are praying that God’s will be manifested on the earth; not our will. It is extremely powerful when our hearts truly come into agreement with God concerning His holy and perfect will for our lives. This divine partnership will be successful if we follow Jesus’ example. Relationship, prayer, obedience, service and clarity of purpose are essential if we are to witness the establishment of God’s will upon the earth. And, although this partnership will bless us greatly, we are careful to remember that it’s purpose is to bless others and, most importantly, to bring honor and glory to our Father.
Prayer: Father, you are so holy and magnificent, yet you desire to partner with us to establish your will on this earth. May we come to realize what an honor it is to serve you. Help us to hold our relationship with you high above every other relationship in our life. By the power of the Holy Spirit, lead us into deeper relationship with you. We want to walk with you and talk with you as Jesus did. We open our hearts to you. Share your wisdom. Help us to think less of ourselves and more of you. Reveal to us all of the lives that are connected to our own. Show us the vision you have for our lives so we can walk boldly in our purpose as Jesus did. May every day we live bring us one step closer to conforming into the image of your dear Son. We love you so much Father. We thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit because we could never do any of this on our own. You are our safe place, our hope and our peace. May our lives bring you all the glory and honor due your name. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.