Pray Heaven’s Will Done On Earth

Prayer Lesson 3

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:10 (KJV)

God’s rule in heaven is with absolute authority, which is the definition of what scholars call sovereignty. Nothing opposed to good can coexist with God in heaven. Satan must have been originally created a good being (Genesis 1:31), fell by transgressing whatever law defined right from wrong. Thus, he became the adversary of all that is good. His disobedience was a rejection of God’s sovereign will. Albeit a failure of a rejection from the get-go. God’s decisions are final. The sovereign Lord’s desire is that His will be carried out with absolute authority on earth as it is in Heaven.

The truth that it is not, implies free agency in this world of soul-making. Upon exit from this life nothing but His dominance takes places with total absence of evil’s temptation to do wrong.

As light and darkness have nothing in common, so God’s light shines in the regions and shadows of death to expose the deeds of the lawless ones (Matthew 4:16). Truth be, people run from the light because they do not want their unrighteous habits known.

The last Lord’s Day is going to be one tell-all day. I don’t intend to send you away gloomy. God’s light is also on the deeds of the good. King Jesus says…

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

Matthew 25:34-36 (KJV)

Here’s the point. God’s authority is speaking, revealing. The mystery once concealed is now known. I’m going to share with you what it’s all about. It’s not a secret any longer. Look with me to the last chapter of Romans. The sovereign Holy Spirit says through Paul,

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”

Romans 16:25-27 (KJV)

The Gospel, that is the preaching of Jesus Christ, had been a secret since the world began is now open for you to see. Adam didn’t understand the Seed promise. Abraham and Sarah didn’t understand the gospel. Samuel and all the prophets – a mystery to them too. It has been continuously revealed to new people like yourself for all this time as if a penny fresh off the mint.

The sovereign will of God is that I (say your name) obey the faith revealed by the wise and living God to whom be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Do you believe what you’ve said? Are ready to learn what you must do to be saved? We can help with that.

All people on the planet are liable to God’s Gospel. This holds valid whether a person is a Christian or nonbeliever. That means we must give an answer for our lives based upon the faith system established in the New Testament.

“[God] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:6-11 (KJV)

What we’re saying is we all live by a standard. The standard of living for all people, is the New Testament. I’m not typically one to quote speakers like Billy Graham, and he didn’t even know the original source of this when I heard his recording, but supposedly more than 1,000 commands are in the New Testament. If we reference 1 Corinthians 13:13, the root of this plethora of commands is faith, hope and love. The greatest of these three is love, says Paul.

Jesus is wrapping up His teaching ministry before the final long trip up to Jerusalem. He asks His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13) Jesus has a wonderful reputation. Miracle after miracle. Sign after sign. Lesson after lesson. Sermon after sermon. There’s nothing wrong with a preacher being concerned about his reputation, if his motives are pure. “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

“And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

Matthew 16:14 (KJV)

That’s a rather nice group of men to be honored with. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think we need to create celebrities in the brotherhood. But if you asked a lot of young preachers who they’d like to sound like, they might like to hear you tell them, the late great so-and-so.

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 16:15-17 (KJV)

What you and I confess and profess matters a great deal. The Christ is the one person whom can save. The Son of the Living God has all sovereign authority vested in Him as the King of souls – Heavenly authority on earth!

The Lord also gives us the Gospel to obey beyond confession. When Peter unlocked the kingdom church to the Jews in Acts 2, listen to this conversation at the conclusion of Peter’s sermon.

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 2:37-38 (KJV)

Inside of this quote are two commands, a purpose of those two commands and a gift. Can you solve these? Heaven’s will done on Earth is that you and I be citizens in kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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