keysWe’re continuing the series on how to apply the Lord’s prayer in our every day prayer life (previous posts are here, here, here, and here).  This week we consider the 3rd request: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10b).

What does it mean to pray this?

How can we adapt it to our moments and days?

What does it mean at work, school, home, in the car, at the store, etc.?

Keys, keys, and more keys

What keys do you have?  Any of these?…
  • car or bike lock key
  • apartment or house key
  • locker key
  • safe deposit box key
  • office key
  • PO Box key

I don’t have many physical keys, but I checked recently and am up to (sadly) around 1000 passwords.  So perhaps some of your keys are not physical keys…

  • password to your bank accounts
  • password to your password vault
  • password to your brokerage account
  • password to your social media
  • password to your email

“Take the key, Lord”

Are there any of those keys or passwords that you let other people borrow?  Are there any that you don’t let anyone borrow, not even family?

When we give someone our key or password, we are giving them access.  It’s one thing to open a door for someone, but when you give them a key, you give them the freedom to roam around on their own.  They become (at least for a time) the de facto owner of whatever that key goes to.  They can rearrange it, sell it, destroy it, or do things we never imagined.

That’s a great way to think of this request in the Lord’s prayer.  When we pick an area and pray “Your will be done,” we’re saying…
  • take control of this performance review at work, Lord
  • have your way with my body
  • do whatever you want to in the life of my family
  • here’s my bank account, what plans do you have?

It takes choosing between two offers of joy: the shallow, plastic offer of joy when we are in control vs. the solid, weighty offer of joy that we have through God’s amazing promises.

  • there is more joy in Your will…  even though I may have to wait for that joy
  • more life in Your will… even though it may be hard to imagine how
  • there is more peace in Your will… even though it is not the kind of peace the world seeks

How about you?

What is an area of your life in which you could offer control to God?  It could be for the first time or the thousandth time.

For more study…

You can check out the commentary on this 3rd request that is found in the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms:

WSC Q.103 – What do we pray for in the third petition?

In the third petition, (which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, (Matt. 6:10)) we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his will in all things, (Ps. 67, Ps. 119:36, Matt. 26:39, 2 Sam. 15:25, Job 1:21) as the angels do in heaven. (Ps. 103:20–21)

WLC Q.192 – What do we pray for in the third petition?

In the third petition, (which is, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven, (Matt. 6:10) ) acknowledging, that by nature we and all men are not only utterly unable and unwilling to know and do the will of God, (Rom. 7:18, Job 21:14, 1 Cor. 2:14) but prone to rebel against his word, (Rom. 8:7) to repine and murmur against his providence, (Exod. 17:7, Numb. 14:2) and wholly inclined to do the will of the flesh, and of the devil: (Eph. 2:2) we pray, that God would by his Spirit take away from ourselves and others all blindness, (Eph. 1:17–18) weakness, (Eph. 3:16) indisposedness, (Matt. 26:40–41) and perverseness of heart; (Jer. 31:18–19) and by his grace make us able and willing to know, do, and submit to his will in all things, (Ps. 119:1,8,35–36, Acts 21:14) with the like humility, (Micah 6:8) cheerfulness, (Ps. 100:2, Job 1:21, 2 Sam. 15:25–26) faithfulness, (Isa. 38:3) diligence, (Ps. 119:4–5) zeal, (Rom. 12:11) sincerity, (Ps. 119:80) and constancy, (Ps. 119:112) as the angels do in heaven. (Isa. 6:2–3, Matt. 18:10)