Our Father, who lives in the heavens,
May Your name be kept holy.
May Your Kingdom come,
May Your will be done,
On earth just like it’s done in Your presence.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Don’t bring us to the times of trial,
But deliver us from the evil one.
I wanted to revisit this phrase once more.
It’s easy to get swept up in the glory and excitement of God’s kingdom coming “on earth as it is in heaven.” We think of the time for the fulfillment of all the promises of salvation and love that we’ve received. We think of conquering evil, of stamping out the “bad things” we’ve seen, or even experienced.
But another aspect of God’s kingdom coming is revealed in Revelation 21:
I heard a shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.
This statement is the ultimate fulfillment of the promise of Exodus 25:8: “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them.” But when God makes his home among his people, the result isn’t just an excuse to brag, or to get an “eternal hug” from YHWH.
- It means the healing of hurts that we’ve carried for years.
- It means removal of sorrow.
- It means shalom—God’s perfect peace, contentment, and completion.
In short ,praying “Your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” is a desperate cry for healing now.
And we shouldn’t be afraid to pray it.