On Earth as it Is in Heaven

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)

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God’s will is done in the realm of heaven.

  • The Lord sent an angel to guard the entrance to Eden after the fall and he did (Genesis 3:24).
  • The Lord sent an angel to deliver Lot and his family and he did (Genesis 19:15).
  • The Lord sent an angel deliver Israel in battle and he did (2 Chronicles 32:20-23).
  • The Lord sent an angel to announce the birth of His Son and Gabriel did (Luke 1:26).

God’s will is done in the realm of the animal kingdom.

  • The Lord summoned animals to the ark and they did their Creator’s bidding (Genesis 7:14-15).
  • The Lord summoned frogs, flies, and locusts to plague Egypt and they did their Creator’s bidding (Exodus 8:1-15; 20-32; 10:1-20).
  • The Lord summoned ravens to feed His prophet and they did their Creator’s bidding (1 Kings 17:6).
  • The Lord summoned a great fish to transport Jonah to Nineveh and it did its Creator’s bidding (Jonah 1:17).
  • The Lord summoned a fish to bring a coin with which Peter would pay his taxes and it did its Creator’s bidding (Matthew 17:27).

God’s will is done in the realm of the natural world.

  • The Lord commanded light to be and light was (Genesis 1:3)
  • The Lord sent rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:4).
  • The Lord displayed a rainbow to represent His covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:13)
  • The Lord caused the wind to blow to take away the swarm of locusts from Egypt (Exodus 10:19)
  • The Lord stopped the sun so that Israel would route their enemies in battle (Joshua 10:13)
  • The Lord appointed a plant, a worm, and an east wind to instruct Jonah (Jonah 4:6, 7, 8).
  • The Lord caused a great darkness to cover the land while His Son died on the cross (Matthew 27:45; cf. Exodus 10:21-29)

While God’s will is done in the realm of heaven, the animal kingdom, and the natural world but God’s will is not yet perfectly done on earth in the hearts of men and women.

  • The Lord commanded Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They ate (Genesis 3:3, 6, 22).
  • The Lord commanded Israel not to have idols (Exodus 20:4; Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 27:15). They had them (2 Kings 17:12).
  • The Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh (Jonah 1:2). He went in the opposite direction (Jonah 1:3).
  • The Lord invited the rich young ruler to follow Him. He turned the invitation away (Matthew 19:16-22).

So we pray “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This begins in your heart and mine. Maybe we find it difficult to pray because we currently reign on the throne of our hearts. It’s possible that we declare that we have no other king but Caesar and we cherish the earthly kingdom of this world and look for political messiahs rather than God’s messiah, Jesus. There is coming a day when God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In the meantime, we earnestly pray for it to come, even if we will only experience foretastes now. Christian prayer is a humble commitment to the rule and purposes of God over our lives and all of history.

(Picture credit: I could not find an original source for the image. I will gladly provide credit if/when I obtain the information.)

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