The Lord’s Prayer

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mt 6:9-10, KJV)

Many of us pray this prayer on a regular basis and feel very familiar with it, but notice the last sentence: “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

We have authority on earth and it is our domain. I suggest this statement is an official invitation for God to intervene in our domain and do his will here. He gave us free will, authority and our domain, so he will not invade our turf, but intervenes only when we specifically ask him or allow him to do so. It’s been said that God will do nothing on earth unless someone first prays; this is why.

What does this suggest about people who simply trust God’s sovereignty and wait for him to take care of them without asking? They may wait a long time or may even displease him.

I suggest this pertains to everything you do: your job, family responsibilities, everything. Including the things you do well, your area of expertise or specialty, or something you’re comfortable doing because you’ve had lots of experience. Do you suppose God knows more about those things than you do? Do you think he can take care of things in that area that are a challenge for you? Can he take care of problems you’re not even aware of or provide resources you don’t even know exist? Here’s a bizarre question: If God were to do your job for a day, how would his results compare with yours? Do you think God is interested in helping with everything you do? Even when you don’t have problems?

God will not impose himself on you. He allows you to act on your own if you choose, but is eager to help you to the extent you’ll allow him. Consider giving him an official invitation to get involved in everything you do.

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