This prayer begs the question about what is God's will. I suggest that the phrase "as it is in heaven" might give us part of the answer because God's will is done in heaven.. and, as I said yesterday, heaven is not really a place but a dimension. Consider how Jesus describes this dimension, or kingdom, of heaven in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew. He uses parables to illustrate that this kingdom is about things that are:
- small. He speaks of seed and leaven and their ability to grow into larger things. I think that God's will is all about being faithful in small things.
- priceless. The merchant in the parable sells all he has to obtain a single pearl. Jesus is that pearl and the Father's will is all about us becoming like His son.
- hidden. He compares this heavenly kingdom to hidden treasure. This speaks to me about our need to seek God to discover His will.
- eternal. The last parable speaks of how angels will one day separate the evil from the righteous. It reminds me that God's will is about things that last. Things like faith, hope and love.
Lord help me to understand your will. Let your kingdom come in me.