Matthew 6:10 (ESV)
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
As we’ve seen, in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus gives us a structure to follow in prayer. In verse 9 He says that we should pray, “like this…” as in, in this way or pattern… And then in the first part of the prayer, found in Matthew 6:9, He says we should pray that God’s name would be hallowed, and that’s a petition, first and foremost, for God to hallow His name in us—in and through His people. And we should associate the name of God with the glory of Jesus. So in praying this we’re praying that God would make us desire Jesus, love Jesus, and live for Jesus above all else. And that sets the tone for everything that is to follow. The goal of the Lord’s Prayer is the glory of Christ; that Christ would be glorified in us first and through us.
So, next in verse 10 Jesus says we are to pray for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done. And we must pray this way if we hope to glorify God. If we hope to hallow the name of God—to live for the fame of Christ—then we must live out these things; but we can’t until God first hollows His name in us. God works in us and then through us…
When God answers our prayers, and hallows His name in us, enabling us to treasure Christ above all else and to love Christ above all else, then we can live for Christ above all else… Then we are enabled and empowered to live for His kingdom and to do His will. When we pray that God’s kingdom would come and His will would be done, we’re praying for our kingdom to go and we are asking for the grace to die to our sinful desires, to our selfish will, and instead to live in line with God’s desire, with God’s perfect will. But if verse 9 happens, because we now desire Christ above all else, we can live for God’s kingdom and His will, we can die to self with great joy. Because God has glorified Himself in our hearts, now our heart’s desire is to glorify Him with our lives. So let’s pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done, not just in general, but in us… May His name be hollowed in and through us… May we treasure Christ supremely and live to magnify His glory.
I am nothing; Christ is all!