I’ve always enjoyed praying the bible. There’s never a tired moment, a weary moment, that I don’t think about the psalms as being a book of prayer as well as praise. The Lord’s Prayer is also a guide for us in learning how to pray and living out our prayers.
In our last online call to prayer, we focused on the Heavenly Father and his holy name. Our next online call to prayer, 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, we will turn our attention, very naturally, and seamlessly toward, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done.”
Now think about that for a moment. His kingdom, his will. The kingdom of God coming, praying for that, means we desire it to come. That is, our focus is not on ourselves, our earthly circumstances and sometimes, as awkward and uncertain as they are now, we’re actually focused on his kingdom coming and realizing a revolution in the truest sense of the word.
It is also a matter of expectation, it’s coming. The kingdom is coming. We realize that his kingdom is a perfect kingdom. And as subjects of the king, we look forward to it. But praying the prayer, thy kingdom come, is a call to service which leads me to the next emphasis in our prayer time and that is “Thy Will Be Done.”
All of us, perhaps, have struggled with, “What’s God’s will for my life?” We sometimes complicate what is the very personal, spiritual and practical way to serve God. When you pray, “Your will be done on Earth “as it is in heaven,” you’re praying that the perfect will of God will be realized here in an imperfect world.
I’m reminded of a quote that of George W. Truett. He said, “To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. “To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.” Yes, our emphasis for this next online call to prayer in living out and praying the Lord’s Prayer will be focused on the kingdom coming and his will being done in our lives together. So that we’ll make a world of difference in this world that needs a difference made.