“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2).
The way the Lord’s Prayer is structured is not accidental. Subsequent steps only work if the prior steps are established. Firstly, Jesus says we must pray to the Father in heaven. His title implies relationship and responsibility over us. Don’t just call Him “God”, say heavenly FATHER. His location is also significant. We go to the One whose heavenly throne is beyond the limitations of our earthly realm. Whatever you’re facing in your situation, always remember that God is not subject to the same constraints that affect us. Our resources are finite; His are infinite. Our power is limited; He is omnipotent. Our knowledge is little; He is omniscient. Secondly, we must prioritise God’s honour. Unless God’s name is hallowed, revered and glorified in our hearts and lives, we can forget about discerning His will. Friend, who is getting the glory in your life today? Thirdly, we must invite God’s Kingdom to come. We know it has already come in part, but how much of God’s reign, authority and leadership is welcome in our lives today? Is Jesus the Lord in your home, for instance? When God’s governance predominates, it’s a small matter for His will to prevail.