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Teach Us to Pray

“May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is a phrase of release

Prayer Establishes Our Release to God
Your Will Be Done

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-2

Key Verse: Matthew 6:10

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

After Jesus gets our minds focusing on the coming kingdom, He turns our thoughts toward God’s work in this present age. “May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is a phrase of release on our part. We are granting permission to God for His will to be accomplished. He doesn’t need our permission, as far as His sovereign power, but He chooses to seek it because of our free moral agency. God granted us the power to choose and He honors that gift that is unique to His creation. No other created living being received this wonderful gift of choice. Animals act out of instinct and plant life act and react to nature, but we have the power of choice!

Jesus said: “This is how you should pray.” Jesus wanted us to include the release factor in our prayers. When we request that God’s will be done, we are prioritizing our lives and prayer requests. This phrase gives God permission to ignore any of our requests if they come in conflict with His will for our lives or His purposes in this world! For anyone who understands God’s wisdom and His great compassion, this is not a difficult phrase to include in our prayers. Those that are slow to say “may your will be done” are slow in their understanding of God Himself!

Today’s phrase strikes at the heart of trust. Do you trust God completely? Is He right all the time? Use your words to release God’s will to be done!

Father, the evil one whispers doubts about your character. I resist him by releasing you to do your will in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.