The Lord’s Prayer – On Earth As It Is In Heaven

We lost power at our house for six hours on Wednesday. Was this the will of God?

A pipe burst a couple blocks away from our house causing a huge sink hole in the street. This event caused us to lose water services for over 15 hours on Thursday. Was this the will of God?

On Thursday as well, Micah’s feelings were hurt…again…by some boys in his class. How about that? Was that in God’s will?

Or how about this one? Jake and Caleb both have sensory integration dysfunction and are on the autism spectrum. Is this condition also God’s will?

I could keep going, but how about the recent world-wide economic downturn and all of its far-reaching ramifications. Is this too, the will of God?

The Lord’s Prayer goes like this…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Life happens. Electrical power is cut. Pipes burst. Boys get their feelings hurt. Kids are diagnosed with life-long, life impacting conditions. Economies thrive and economies collapse. Where is the Lord’s will done on earth as it is in heaven, anyway?

Just looking at life and experiencing all of its challenges and listening to the world’s perspective is enough for any of us to just give up all hope. I think Jesus understood this when He included this index sentence in the Lord’s prayer:

On earth as it is in heaven

Kay Arthur writes, “The Lord’s prayer is an index prayer, a collection of brief sentences, each suggesting a subject of prayer. Now we know how to pray. All we have to do is recite one sentence of this prayer at a time, realize what topic or point it covers, and then simply talk to the Father about anything that falls under that particular part of the index.”

So, then, what do we do with the index sentence…

On earth as it is in heaven

What in the world is happening on earth as it does in Heaven that is part of God’s will and His plan? Where is heaven on earth in relationship to God’s will, exactly?

This is the time to remember something quite crucial, this is a prayer! We are praying for the Lord’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Did I pray for no electricity?

Did I pray for no water?
Did I pray for hurt feelings?
Did I pray for a disorder?
Did I pray for economic collapse?

I can honestly say I did not. For any of the challenges, setbacks, burdens, and hurts that are happening or happened in your life, did you pray for their fulfillment either? I don’t think so.

However, once they came, how did we pray? How are we praying about them? How are we responding to them? How are we asking for God’s will to be done through them and looking heavenward rather than being earth-bound.

Do you see your God at work not only through the blessings and joys in life but also through any of your challenges or setbacks or burdens?  God works out His will and purpose in incredible ways as we lift our burdens and concerns to Him; even when things occur that were not originally part of His will.

I believe that God’s will occurs on earth as it does in heaven when my Father and my Lord and Savior are glorified and honored. I believe that God’s will occurs on earth when a life is transformed and birthed in Christ. I believe that when bad things happen, God still makes something good and pure from it as the event and all of its pain are lifted up to Him in prayer.  I believe that God’s will on earth occurs when we live in total submission to Him as living sacrifices.

In Romans 12:1-2, Paul says,

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

How is God’s will manifested on earth as it is in heaven?

It is through our worship, through our submission, through our resolve to seek His will as we abide with Christ in each moment, in each hour, and in each day. How might the world be if we really prayed for God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven? How might our life look and how might we respond to it if we prayed for God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven?

Difficulties come and difficulties go. However, my God remains in place, securely sitting upon His throne of strength, mercy and grace to help me handle each situation. May my life events singularly and collectively and my response to them, work together for His honor, praise, and blessing…according to His will on earth as it is in Heaven. 

This life is temporary. My life is often rooted and grounded in my present world. Honestly, it’s hard to think about Heaven when my present set of circumstances are so time consuming; like having to collect water to keep the toilets running when we have no water service! Yet, the bible teaches that I am to be heaven-minded in my thinking and actions. I am a citizen of heaven even when I am filling up a toilet tank with water!

Thank goodness, this present life is temporary, eh?!

No electricity or water service, hurt feelings, developmental disorders, economic crises, and more may consume my present life, but it is through my response, my abiding thoughts in Christ, and my resolve, that God’s true will is made known and honored.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

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