Summary: We are continuing our discussion of the Lord's Prayer, looking at "Your Will Be Done".
Today we are continuing in our series “Soul Matters… Shaping our Souls in the light of The
Emmet Fox called it the Great Prayer, and declared that..
The Lord’s Prayer is “compact formula for the development of the soul.”
Lets read aloud together…
"This, then, is how you should pray:
"'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'
Today we are engaging the central issue… not only of this prayer…but of ourselves as persons.
Your kingdom come,
YOUR WILL BE DONE
On earth as it is in heaven.
“Your will be done”…
Here Jesus sets the reality of prayer and life in order. Before asking for daily bread or any other
desire…we set God apart as our Father in heaven…the source of all life and love…the need for
His name to be hallowed…which means His nature set apart from all else… whose Kingdom we
must desire to have come… which means the extent of His reign and rule over us an our
world…and that WE WANT HIS WILL TO BE DONE.
> What is central to prayer is what is central to reality – God’s will.
“Your will be done.” These four words confront our most basic posture towards prayer…and
We think prayer is the application to getting what we want. We want something so we apply
for it. We want a job we fill out an application. We want government benefits we apply for
them. these days our smartphones can give us many things… we just need to get the
We want things…and we think prayer is the “App” for that.
But…the point of prayer is NOT to get God to give us what we need.
The point of prayer is to get our hearts back into their true orbit.
We often get it in reverse, and pray as if we expect God to change the universe just to
accommodate us. We treat God little better than a genie in a magic lamp. We make our wish
known, we expect God to change the universe to give us what we want.
“Prayer is an interruption of personal ambition.” - Rowland Hogben
(Teacher at the China Inland Mission Training Centre in London)
I don’t believe there are any words more central…and more challenging that we could pray. (They
may be easy to say…but the hardest words to actually pray.)
As I have sat before them this week….they remain as sobering as any.
Praying “Your will be done”….is inherently bound in the line it flows from… “Your
Kingdom come.” For as we focused on last week… a kingdom reflects authority… what reigns
and rules. Jesus has come to bring God’s ultimate reign and rule back to bear upon the created
So both of these statements flow with a parallel intent.
"Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done." As God’s Kingdom comes… His will is being done. And
wherever God's will is done, his Kingdom has come.
But as we noted last week….there is a clash of kingdoms…creator of all things including
freedom…and that which chooses to separate itself from that source. Jesus said he came to
confront and overcome that “prince of this world.”
But ultimately there are as many self proclaimed kingdoms as there are lives. For we all bear
the power of our own will.
A kingdom represents one’s scope of control…of ruling.
As Dallas Willard describes…
In creating human beings God made them to rule, to reign, to have dominion in a limited
sphere. Only so can they be persons. We are meant to exercise our "rule" only in union with God,
as He asks us to act. 
“Will is the ability to originate or refrain from originating something: an act or a thing. It brings
things into existence. Sticks and stones do not have that ability. Will is the capacity for origination
of events and things. Therefore it is the core of who and what we are as individuals, for what
arises from it is from us alone. It is that aspect of personality in virtue of which we have a likeness
to God or are "in His image." We are created to be creators -- of good. It is the core of our
nonphysical being. 
Our capacity to make choices… to exercise a will… is something we find dignity in.
That’s why we get excited when a child exercises their will with words… and movements. We
find beauty when we see the total dependency of a newborn infant being held in that arms of an