YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Article by: Bishop G. Trautmann
The Lord Jesus gave us a wonderful prayer that we are all familiar with. Our focus today will be on “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
. Jesus tells us that God reigns over heaven and earth. This should provide comfort and peace that nothing can stop His plan of salvation regardless of the situation. Praying “Your will be done”
is also an expression of our belief, trust, and our desire to be saved by God.
Another point Jesus brings to us in this phrase is He wants us to do His will. What is His will? As Jesus said God is the only good. Jesus Himself and the Holy Spirit have the same good nature and excellence. What does it mean to do His will in practical and concrete terms? The Confirmation vow is a good indicator that the young souls vow to, “I renounce Satan and all his work and ways, and surrender myself to You, O triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in belief, obedience, and the earnest resolution to remain faithful to You until my end. Amen.”
For the unbeliever, the surrender of our will to God is seen as a weakness, but for the believer, it is our strength. This is where God reveals His power and majesty. An example that demonstrates where following His direction allows the impossible and unplanned to become possible and realized is found in Jesus’ first miracle. Jesus turns water into wine. Even though Mary had not previously experienced any miracles by Jesus she believed in Him. She said: “Whatever He says to you, do it.” She put herself into a difficult position, what if Jesus couldn’t or wouldn’t make the wine? But she surrendered herself and trusted Jesus reigns over all and that He would do good. I wish you much success in doing the same and trusting our Lord.