Earth-Shaking Prayer: Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

Howdy everyone!

For this week’s 2nd Look I want to share with you some juicy quotes that will help you think about this line:

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread…”

 

Read these quotes a few times this week and think about what they are teaching us about this prayer:

 

  • When Jesus directs us to pray, “Thy kingdom come…” he does not mean we should pray for it to come into existence. —Dallas Willard

 

  • “If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.”
    – Frederick Buechner

 

  • “The third clause of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intentions of letting any will be done except their own.”  –Aldous Huxley in The Perennial Philosophy, p.221

 

  • Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy Kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My Kingdom go.” —Alan Redpath

 

  • Too often, we are conditioned to think of prayer as asking God for what we want—dear God, give me this, give me that.  But now, in praying that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, we are attempting to school ourselves to want what God wants.  We receive, not what our hearts desire, but rather we become so enthralled with a vision of what God is doing on earth and in heaven, that we forget the story that the world has told us—that we have nothing better to do than to satisfy our desires.         William H. Willimon & Stanley Hauerwas in Lord, Teach Us. p. 66

 

  • “Prayer is uniting our will with the will of God.  It is not an attempt to get God to do our will.  It is desiring to do what delights God.  It is discovering that what pleases God will ultimately bring us joy as well.  It is following in his footsteps even when he leads where we fear to go.”  James Mulholland, in Praying Like Jesus,  p. 63

 

Which quote speaks to you right now?

Why do you think it is jumping out at you?

In what ways is it encouraging or challenging you?

Bring this to the Lord in prayer.

 

May god grant you his glorious peace this week! Pastor Rya