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Your kingdom come, your will be done

Posted by Geoff Lee on Tuesday, 1 September, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

The Lord’s prayer is Jesus’ response to the disciples’ request: “Lord teach us to pray”.

So it is a very definitive and important prayer template for us as Christians.

This has been recognised over the centuries, with this prayer being a central element to the teaching and catechisms of the church.

In our recent Sunday evening series on prayer, based on Tim Keller’s eponymous book, we reflected on Martin Luther’s habit of “riffing” on the Lord’s prayer. That is, when he prayed, he would pray around and over the different sections of this prayer, using the different phrases as the guiding melody and rhythm of his conversation with God. He would expect and allow the Holy Spirit to guide him in this, and to “preach” to him. Sometimes, like a good piece of jazz improvisation, one line of the prayer would stand out, and he would spend considerable amount of time praying around that line. Other times, he moved through the prayer quite quickly, without feeling any great level of inspiration.

Over recent months, I have been following the same practice, using the Lord’s prayer as the starting point and framework for my time speaking to and listening to God. As a family, we recently visited the States for a few weeks, and I would start most days running along the beach, and then walking back slowly, dragging my feet in the water, and talking to God. I reflected on and around the Lord’s prayer as I did this.

The line that I want to mention in this blog is “Your kingdom come, your will be done.”

As I pray this line over many areas of my life – my family, the church I lead, my staff team, my areas of responsibility, individual people and needs – I pray along the lines:

“God you be in charge in this situation. You be the boss. You be the CEO. You are the King. You are in charge. Exercise your power and your purpose.” I acknowledge, as I pray, that I am not ultimately in charge. When I pray for the church, I slope my shoulders, and I acknowledge that God is the senior leader, the main shepherd, the one in charge – not me. I submit to him in prayer. I surrender ultimate responsibility. I recognise my limits. I defer to my boss. “Your kingdom come.”

And then I pray – “Your will be done”. I pray: “Let what you want to happen, happen! Whatever you want in this situation, in this person’s life, in my family, in our church – let that happen! Here on earth, just as in heaven. I know that what God wants is ultimately the best outcome – though I do not always immediately recognise this to be the case. Sometimes, I want something different. A different outcome. A different time scale. A different result. But ultimately, if I trust God, I know that he knows best, and he wants what is best. So when I pray that what he wants to happen will happen, I again defer to his greater knowledge and power and wisdom and goodness.

Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done. On earth, as it is in heaven.

God you be in charge. God, let what you want to happen, happen. 

Barbara said...

Posted on Sunday, 18 October, 2015 @ 4:43 AM -
This is wonderful, as I lie in bed last night ready to sleep I just said to my husband which one do you prefer to say,"Your will be done" or "may all be well with me". As human as I am, I wish I can say the latter but I bet as Children of God He's got a plan for us so from Geoff's words of wisdom l'm going to say may your will be done in our lives. God bless you Geoff

Rob said...

Posted on Tuesday, 6 October, 2015 @ 3:20 PM -
I have been on the planet for some time now and this gives me a privileged view of my life and the lives of those close to me. Hind sight is a wonderful thing and I can look back along the twists and turns, highs and lows and see God's will has led me, nudged me directed me, even chided me to get this far. I know I have fallen short on a number of occasions and even today feel I'm a few paces from where I should be but God knows I've tried and I will keep on trying. While I may falter within God's will I do feel very much a Kingdom kid and that His kingdom has come at least in my life. I sometimes think back to what my hopes and aspirations were as a young man and I thank God, not with standing some difficult trials, for what He has done and where He has taken me. Garth Brooks sings, "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers". I am indebted to a God who has much higher aspirations for my life than I ever did.

Lydia said...

Posted on Sunday, 20 September, 2015 @ 4:28 PM -
As a mother I often try and keep things going, plan out the lives of those God has given me to protect and help grow. To pray “your will be done” is not to shirk responsibility but to recognise that as a mother, I do my best and let God do the rest. My ultimate prayer is that God's plans will be fulfilled through their lives. God knows what is best for them because He sees the plan of their entire lives. All I can do is daily give them to God and every day my heart felt prayer is "let your will be done in their lives.".

Anon said...

Posted on Sunday, 6 September, 2015 @ 10:06 PM -
It's very hard to pray and submit to these words whole heartedly when you don't necessarily like the potential outcome / answer. You want Jesus to have his way, he is sovereign and know that his will is best. But do you ever wonder if God has different routes he could use? That his perfect and preferred way is the main way, but does God have short cuts or side lanes he could use to achieve his purpose without so much hurt? He is able to do all things, so he technically has the power / choice on how a circumstance can go. Surely he can do things differently and still get the same result?
Your final sentence in the blog is my challenge: I do trust God, therefore its a case of learning to let go as hard as that may be. I'm not there yet.

Andy Laidlaw said...

Posted on Tuesday, 1 September, 2015 @ 11:11 AM -
Thanks Geoff, I find this great reading..I need more of the 'Your will be done' in my life. I tend to bumble through life dog things according to the way of Sinatra. Not helpful to do things 'My Way'.
My prayer is to allow God's Will to be done in my life! Then I know that things will run more smoothly.
Thank you for allowing God to use you to speak through, Holy Spirit does a great work through you Geoff.

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