The Bible records that after Jesus was praying, His disciples approached Him and asked that He would teach them to pray. (Luke 11:1) Doubtless they had noted that prayer for Jesus was something deeper and more profound than the prayers they had been taught to repeat as a part of the synagogue rituals. There seemed to be a very personal and profound element to these times the Son spent with His Father.
In response, we have what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer, or some refer to it as the Model Prayer. That prayer begins by addressing God both in a very personal way as our Father and then giving Him the honor and glory due His great Name.
The prayer moves quickly to the first request: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This first petition fixes our gaze on God. It also expresses great trust in His plans and purpose. It acknowledges God’s activity in the world.
How much of our prayers reflect this foundational request? As I pray, I am often convicted of how much of “my will be done” is revealed as the motive behind even some noble sounding requests. As we look at our world today, are we really bold enough to pray for God’s will to be done as completely and thoroughly here on earth as it is in heaven? Ponder that before you answer too quickly.