The Voice translation
Our Father in heaven,
let Your name remain holy.
Bring about Your kingdom.
Manifest Your will here on earth,
as it is manifest in heaven.
Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
And forgive us our debts
as we forgive those who owe us something.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
[But let Your kingdom be,
and let it be powerful
and glorious forever. Amen.]
God is sovereign in heaven – what he says, goes. What he wills, happens. God’s will is right and perfect. It is the best thing we could ever want in our lives. God knows best, not because he’s wiser (he is, of course – even God’s foolishness is greater than any human wisdom – see 1 Corinthians 1:25) but because he knows you more than you know yourself, he (still!) loves you and desires to see you come into that which he has perfectly prepared for you. For you, God’s will is not about issuing capricious orders and commands, it is about him guiding you into the very best way you can live your life.
We struggle with the issues of our fallen world. When we come up against human and natural disasters, warfare and genocide, sickness and plague, and the way they affect us and the people we love, we may wonder whether God’s will is so good after all. The fact is that God is logically powerless to act against the free will that he has bestowed on all people. He cannot give people freedom to choose with one hand and take it away from them with another. God is moved to heartbreak by what he sees in this world, and we join with him through intercession to pray that what he originally created be restored.
We who are redeemed in Christ can live in the will of God, and by our life and witness God can create his kingdom on earth in us spiritually, and around us physically. God does intervene in certain ways (see Exodus 9:12 and Ezekiel 36:26) according to his will. We may, therefore, pray for God to intervene in this world and its people. Perhaps some of the longings in our hearts may be the surfacing of God’s will in our lives.
Are you also prepared to pray “Your will be done in me as it is in heaven”?
What might God be calling me to pray for so that his will may be done on earth?
Will there ever be an end to war in our world?
Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2012 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.