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Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

Most Christians are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer. If you attended Sunday School as a child, you are probably able to recite it. I have prayed this prayer many times over the years and have often meditated on these verses and what they mean. I sometimes wonder when we say the words of this prayer if, in the secret places of our hearts, we are really thinking: “MY kingdom come, MY will be done…” Submission to the will of another is very difficult for most of us; even submission to the will of God.

Prior to being born again, our will was in a state of rebellion against God. Our will opposed God and all that can be associated with Him. Thus, we refused to submit to God and obey Him. However, at just the right time God saved us. Now the inclination of the will is changed by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. The inclination of our heart is now to submit to and obey God. We gain gospel progress to the extent of our obedience. This measures our advancement in the process of sanctification.

When Christians sincerely pray “your will be done,” they demonstrate a confident faith in God that the world rarely sees. When they submit to God’s will and obey it, Christians become the living Word of God to be seen and read by all.

O Lord make us useful servants that we may pray boldly with Christ:

Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done. (Luke 22:42 ESV)

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