Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is heaven.
As I was reflecting on this verse, my thoughts turned to my daughter. She and her boyfriend recently went out to dinner to celebrate their anniversary and, prior to eating their meals, they prayed over their meals and for each other. Later that evening, she told me about her date stating that several people in the restaurant had commented how wonderful it was to see two teenagers praying over their meals without an adult present to prompt them. I share this story because, for me, it provides a visual illustration of this verse.
As a parent, I have tried to guide and encourage my daughter to serve the Lord, to pray, and to live her life as an example to others. If she only knew how many prayers I have prayed and continue to pray over her, she would be surprised. I intercede in prayer on her behalf often. Hearing about her taking her own initiative to pray over her meal and boyfriend serves as an affirmation to me that perhaps I have made (or God has made) an impression on her, after all.
God’s kingdom is the rule and reign of Christ in our lives when we allow Jesus to take charge of our lives. If we do not have His Kingdom circulating within us, our prayers are just words. They are powerless and ineffective. When our hearts are in tune with His, our prayers have fullness and life. Prayers help align us with His will and purpose for our lives.
Further, prayer should extend beyond our own personal needs to the kingdom and reach beyond to our friends, family, community, and nation. Our prayers for His kingdom have the power to impact not only our own lives but also the lives of others. Can you imagine how different this world could be if we all did God’s will on earth, as it is in heaven, on a consistent basis? We would experience peace in our communities, in our nation, and in our world. We would have love and happiness in all of our homes.What an impact we could if we all pray for His will to be done on earth!
Just as I want and pray for my daughter to make good decisions and live according to His will, God wants us all to make good decisions and live according to His will rather than our own. An important part of accomplishing this is through praying for others as well as ourselves.
Let’s all make a commitment to devoted daily prayer.