Jesus can pack a lot into a prayer. As we look at the Lord’s Prayer this month, we see how this prayer defines our relationship to God and each other. We pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus told us much about the Kingdom of God. In God’s reign of love and justice God’s will is lived and shared in all our relationships. We long to live in this kind of place, where God’s ways define all our relationships, where God’s will fully guides and governs our lives. We know this earthly plane is often far from God’s desires. To pray for God’s will to be done on earth is not merely a wish on our part. It is a call to action. It is a commitment we make to live by God’s ways. It is a prayer for both ourselves and the world. We pray that God’s will can be seen and done in our lives so that God’s love and justice will actually be the way the world works. It’s a tall order, but to pray for God’s reign on earth is to commit ourselves to making it happen. We are the primary instruments God can use. We are the vessels through which God’s Spirit can move and change the world to resemble what God wants. Last week we talked about the radical name for God Jesus would use, “Abba,” a name that built a new and intimate relationship with God. To pray for God’s kingdom on earth is a radical prayer-it could literally turn the world on its head. Sunday we worship God who uses prayer to turn us in the right direction, so that earth and heaven are more closely aligned.

 

Rev. Dr. Dave Summers, Senior Pastor
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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