Pursuing God’s Will

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.'” (Matthew 6:9-11, NIV)

Why would Jesus instruct us to ask for one of the basic provisions of life immediately following our request for His Father’s will to be done? Could it be that God’s will is so great, risky, on the edge, beyond the physical world, and of the Heavenly Kingdom that it potentially jepordizes our physical wellbeing? Could it be that the closer we move to the center of the Father’s will and embrace the realities of His Kingdom on earth, the more our physical wellbeing is brought into jepardy. Perhaps so. Why? Because the Kingdom of Heaven is adamently opposed to the Kingdom of this world. The conflict of these kingdom’s often presents itself in the core of our being as we long for  heaven on earth while pursuing the perfect will of God in our lives and in this world. This conflict exists in two realms – heaven and earth – each realm affecting the other. Yet, in the midst of this conflict, Jesus is concerned with our physical wellbeing; otherwise, He wouldn’t instruct us to ask for His Father’s provision. Knowing that Jesus cares about our wellbeing, we must ask, “Am I embracing and pursuing the will of His Father?

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2 Responses

  1. “…the closer we move to the center of the Father’s will and embrace the realities of His Kingdom on earth, the more our physical wellbeing is brought into jepardy.” ABSOLUTELY! Brilliant insight!

    Our unwillingness to jeopardize our well-being and comfort is a huge reason why we are so ineffective. We work too hard to ensure our own physical security (and emotional, social, and monetary security) to risk it on serving the needy, living among the poor, building a relationship with someone badly hurting, touching someone with AIDS, and doing the many other “dangerous” things Jesus Christ did and call us to do. If we (me, you, the Church, the nation) don’t willingly surrender our self-made plans to the will of God and learn to rely on Him, our plans may be thwarted – not to punish us, but to show us what we are missing!

  2. Kenneth – great additional thoughts to this blog! You brought it home.

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