Let’s welcome Rachel Davidson Schmoyer, from Read the Hard Parts , as she tackles the next word in The Lord’s Prayer for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday.
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
My family and I are renting our home while we save a down payment to buy our own house. While we are saving money, we are gathering real estate buying advice. In addition to “get a 15-year fixed mortgage” and “you can always change the paint color,” one piece of advice we keep hearing is “location, location, location!”
Location, Location, Location!
Location is the number one factor in the experience of home ownership. If you take two identical houses, put one in the middle of a run-down city, and put the other in the comfy suburbs, you will have two completely different home owner experiences. Some locations are conducive to easy home owning. Other locations set you up for struggle.
The same is true for doing God’s will.
In The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus mentions two locations. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus teaches His followers to pray “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
One location Jesus mentions is heaven. Previously on #WordNerdWednesday, Donna Hoover delved into the location of heaven and described its beauty and perfection. God’s will is easily done there. Evelyn Underhill in her book Abba: Meditations Based on the Lord’s Prayer notes that God’s will in heaven is done “peacefully, joyfully, perfectly, the response of a deep and disciplined love.” Eventually we will experience the purity and ease of doing God’s will in heaven.
For now, we are located on earth. The word for earth in this passage is the Greek word γη (pronounced gee). The word literally means earth, the physical place where we live. The rocks, the trees, the land, the water. The planet. God’s creation as a whole. It’s where we get the word for geology.
Unlike perfect heaven, earth has been marred by sin. Doing God’s will on earth is a struggle. This is not a surprise to us. The Bible is clear that we are to expect life to be hard here on earth.
So what can believers who desire to do God’s will here on earth do to win the struggle?
Pray.So what can believers who desire to do God’s will here on earth do to win the struggle? #wordnerdwednesday #earth @schmoyer_rachel Click To Tweet
Not only did Jesus instruct us to pray that God’s will would be done, Jesus also gave us an example of winning the struggle through prayer. In Luke 22, Jesus knows that He is about to be arrested, tortured, and killed. That was the will of the Father for the plan of salvation that had been in the works since the beginning. The time had come, but it wasn’t easy. What did Jesus do to gain strength for the struggle? He prayed.
Jesus prayed in anguish. He asked the disciples to pray in order to stand against temptation. Then He went off by Himself to pour out His struggle in prayer. God gave Him the strength to say “yet not my will, but yours be done.”
Obeying God’s will is a struggle here on earth. Follow Jesus’s example and teaching. When you are in the struggle, pray for the strength to do God’s will.Obeying God’s will is a struggle here on earth. Follow Jesus’s example and teaching. When you are in the struggle, pray for the strength to do God’s will. @schmoyer_rachel #wordnerdwednesday #earth Click To Tweet
Rachel Schmoyer is a pastor’s wife and mom of four. She lives in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. She writes at Read the Hard Parts to encourage and equip Christians to find simple truths in complex Bible passages. Her devotionals have been published in Light from the Word, The Secret Place, and The Quiet Hour. You can connect with her on Facebook @ReadtheHardParts, Twitter @schmoyer_rachel, and Instagram @schmoyer_rachel.