The Lord’s Prayer

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“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-10, NIV).

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

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 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.

This statement from the Lord’s Prayer pertains to everything you do: your job, family responsibilities, everything; including what 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 how to do everything better than you do? Do you think he can take care of the challenges you face? Can he solve 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 think you have problems?

God will not impose himself on us. He allows us to act on our own if we choose, but is eager to help us to the extent we allow him. We should consider giving him an official invitation to get involved in everything we do, then eagerly wait for him to show us how to do it better.

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5 comments on “The Lord’s Prayer

GWEN on June 14, 2019 5:06 pm


Patty Watts on June 14, 2019 5:21 pm

I’ve read other articles about the Lords prayer, but this was the most insightful, helpful in-depth article I’ve ever read. And all this about the first sentence. What insight might the Lord have For us on the remainder of the lords prayer. This is amazing. Thank you, Larry

Eleanor Shumaker on June 14, 2019 6:08 pm

Mr. Fox, I love the fact that you told me how long it would take me to read this piece. Like everyone else, I’m busy, and I really liked knowing what I was getting into when I clicked the link from your email. — Then the piece itself really made me think. I loved the part about inviting God to come onto “my turf.” – Not only that, but you made it clear to me that I can trust the Lord’s “expertise” and that He can help me with every single corner of my life, every dilemma, every problem. What a return for less than two minutes of my time. Thank you.

Diane Burton on June 14, 2019 8:37 pm

All that this prayer says is so true. We must give all to God in prayer, the little things as well as the big things. This becomes “the peace that passeth all understanding. Thank you for reminding us of this.

Kathy Coffin on June 15, 2019 12:31 pm

Yes, God knows how to do everything better than I can do! Yes, He can, and does, take care of the challenges I face! Yes, he can, and has, and does take care of problems that I didn’t know I had, or don’t know I have or will have; and, He has provided resources in the past and can provide for them whenever problems occur. His results would always be better – perfect – compared to mine. He is a wonderful, loving, faithful, and convicting God. There are times when I pray that verse and have to stop and repent for not really thinking about what I am praying and sincerely meaning it. Often, I am doing my will and not even giving Him time to do His will. Thanks for the “ouchy”, thought-provoking questions and reminders, my brother in Christ.

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