…”Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” What did Jesus mean when He said to pray this way?
In Heaven, or the Kingdom, there is complete healing, complete wellness, no sickness, no disease. We see this demonstrated in Jesus’s life, as He is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” Hebrews 1:3. Jesus “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
In God’s Kingdom there is light, no darkness, complete understanding of truth, no lie, no deception. These are works of satan and he does not dwell there. Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, reigns over all and has seated us with Him in the heavenly places, if we have accepted His payment for our sins.
In the Kingdom all needs are fulfilled, no one lacks, it is perfection as in the Garden of Eden before Adam sinned and lost access to it.
Isaiah 11:6-9 speaks of a future time…
The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as:
The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 65-17-25 describes the new earth when the Kingdom of God rules over it.
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
20 “Never again will there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach a hundred
will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.
These passages describe a time in the future when the Kingdom of God will rule on the earth. Sounds great, doesn’t it? At the present time, we do not see this reality, but we are to continually advance towards it with our prayers, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” In this manner, we advance and occupy the places God has given to us.
Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing and said what He heard the Father say. If that is true, and it is (John 5:19 and John 12:49), then Heaven, or perfection, is the will of God for the earth too. If we are disciples of Jesus, we are to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” That’s what He taught His disciples. Yes, I know it doesn’t look like that is happening at the moment. And complete perfection will never be reached because man is not perfect, but we have grace through Jesus Christ.
So those of us who are believers must do battle to bring Heaven to earth every day then. That is the will of God. Hebrews 10:9, referring to the Old Testament Psalms 45:8, speaks of this regarding Jesus. “See, here I am; I have come to do Your will.” We as believers are to make Heaven come to earth first in our own lives, then we are able to influence others with Heaven as we live out the principles of the Kingdom. We are to be the aroma, the fragrance of Christ, the bible says. “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Corinthians 2:15.
We are the “salt” that gives the earth its “flavor” the scriptures say. We ought not to lose that…“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13.
Pray this way! “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Let Your Kingdom come, Lord Jesus! We are willing!