On Earth As It Is In Heaven

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“[O]n earth[i] as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10)

This is the next post in a series articles on The Lord’s Prayer. After acknowledging God, Our Father who is in heaven, and praying that Gods’s kingdom come, and for God’s will to be done, Jesus instructed to pray the His will be done on earth as it is heaven.

One thing we should note as we review the prayer Jesus taught us to pray is that there is no “magic” in the words. They are not intended as rote ritual. They are a guide for directing our hearts and aligning ourselves with God the Father. They are meant to help us understand our relationship with God, the Father, and to learn to know Him through prayer. Continue reading

Your Kingdom Come

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“Your kingdom[*] come….” (Matt. 6:10) This is the third in a series of blog posts on The Lord’s Prayer. After acknowledging God, Our Father who is in heaven, Jesus taught us to to God for His “kingdom come”.

That is a curious instruction, as many Jews at the time believed that the Messiah, who they were expecting, would overthrow the Roman occupation of Judea and return the land to Jewish rule. They were bitterly disappointed when that did not happen, especially in light of all the kingdom talk from Jesus. He even taught us to pray for it! So what gives?

Did the disciples not pray hard enough? Did God fail to answer the prayer Jesus instructed them to pray? What does that mean for us today? We need to look back at the First Century for the answer. Continue reading