Sometimes, though we have walked with the Lord for many years and loved and served Him, we sometimes go to Him and says “Lord, teach us to pray”. There is nothing wrong with humbling ourselves before the Lord and saying this.
We all know the famous verses from Luke 11. Jesus was praying to His Father. When He finished, one of His disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. The man ends his request saying, teach us, just like John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray. These men had grown up in a society where men were taught to pray by the Parisees and they knew John had taught his disciples. But this was a new season. They were asking the very Son of God how He wanted them to pray.
Imagine, these verses are what Jesus thought was so important to tell them. With thousands of areas for prayer focus the Lord wanted His disciples (and all of us) to see the invaluable importance of things He addressed.
We know there is much to this entire prayer that is a powerful prayer guide but we want to focus on one line.
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
We live in an age where we have been inundated with “self”. Self thinkers, self achievers, self made men, self esteem. Even when we love the Lord with all our hearts and desire to follow Him and obey His Word there is often times “self” resistance to truly get to the place where we lay down our desires on the altar and bow our knees to let His Holy Spirit birth into us “His will.”
Romans 12:1 gives us guidance for getting there. “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” We remember many years ago being told that the problem with “living” sacrifices is that they have a tendency to get up off the altar.
Dr. Jack W. Hayford writes about God’s will and kingdom coming on the earth. “Your kingdom come essentially says ‘Father, let your kingdom come here and now..Without intervention of God’s kingdom rule through prayer, earth’s circumstances will succumb to inevitable consequences.”
If we are not praying at all, we invite the “enevitable consequences”. If we pray with our soul (emotions and our own will) in charge we are still asking the Lord for agreement with us instead of us agreeing with Him and still invite consequences. Do we trust Him? His will is perfect, His will is pure. His desires are ALWAYS right ones. Can we say that about our own?
We’ve all heard this many times but, pray God’s Word. Not using the Word as a tool to make our point. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to show us specific verses that He wants applied to the situation. He will lead us! There is also such joy and safety when we pray in agreement as couples; both of us submitting what we think, feel or want to truly hear from the Lord and agree with Him. How many marriages could find harmony and peace through this MFL principle! Many have over the years and many, many more need to. It is not only a safeguard against “self” but we learn to bow our knees to God, as we should do with joy. And we see His will done on earth as it is in heaven.
We must stay, get to, or get back to – the place where we truly, deeply desire to pray “Your will be done” and find the great peace that surpasses all understanding in praying it. The Lord loves us more than we can imagine and His will is to care for us as our loving heavenly Father. Deep in our hearts we must believe that.
Dear Father God. Thank You for Your great Word. Thank You for the powerful Holy Spirit to guide us. We all pray to humble ourselves before you in joy and hear Your will and agree with You in prayer, and see it come to pass on earth. Help us to reach out and teach countless couples, who the enemy has afflicted with self, to desire to receive and walk in Agreement. For us all to joyfully agree that “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.