To ask for God’s will to be done means that we believe and trust Him completely and utterly with every part of our lives. Much is written in the Bible about trusting in God, in good times and in tough times too. It takes a step of faith to trust. Faith is described in the Bible in Hebrews 11:1:
‘Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’
Timothy Keller writes this in his book, ‘Prayer, Experiencing Awe & Intimacy with God‘:
‘Well, someone asks, how can we be sure that God is trustworthy? The answer is that this is the one part of the Lord’s prayer Jesus himself prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, under circumstances far more crushing than any of us will ever face. He submitted to his Father’s will rather than following his own desires, and it saved us. That’s why we can trust Him. Jesus is not asking us to anything for him that he hasn’t already done for us, under conditions of difficulty beyond our comprehension.’ Pg 112-113
So when we ask for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, we are asking God to make things on earth to be more heaven-like. Heaven is described in the Bible like this:
‘And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21: 3-4
In other words, everything is perfect as it once was in the beginning of time when the earth was created. We are asking for a life free from pain, injustice, sorrow, mourning and the like. We are asking for heaven to come to our earth as we see & experience many trials and challenges, yet it’s His will and not a demand we can make. So we wait and keep asking as we pray.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’ Proverbs 3: 5-6
Heavenly Father, thank you that I can trust you completely and utterly with what is going on. Nothing is hidden from your sight. Your plans are perfect, even though at times I struggle to understand the grand scheme of things in my life. I acknowledge that I fail many times to trust you, and I want to ask for your forgiveness. Lord, please direct my paths in line with Your will and heart for my life.
Please help members of the Royal Family to learn to trust you with their prayers, day by day. Encourage each one that when they trust and acknowledge you, You will direct and help them in each day.
‘Going a little farther, he [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”’ Matthew 26: 39
To know your will is often hard, and I often pray for things but don’t get the answers I want or think I need. I am challenged that you didn’t answer Jesus’ prayer for the cup of suffering to be taken from him. Yet, you know and arrange the bigger picture. In fact, you had the best plan of all with Jesus. By Jesus dying on a cross for our unrighteousness, we now have the opportunity to be saved and join you in heavenly places.
So I want to thank you for your plans: your plans for me and your plans for the Royal Family as a whole and all the individuals within it. Lord help them to know your plans and purposes for the whole institution. As Her Majesty heads up the Royal family, the Monarchy, the nation and other nations around the world, reveal to her what Your good will and purpose it. Hear her prayers I pray.
‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.’ Jeremiah 13: 17
Thank you that there is nothing too hard for You. As you made both the heavens and the earth by your great power, I can ask for heaven to come to earth in my prayers. Lord, your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, in the Royal Family and the Royal Household:
- Assign Royal duties and patronages with Your calendar.
- Put the right Royal Household staff in place for the right time and job in the right office or Royal Residence.
- Speak to Her Majesty about the future of the Monarchy and how to prepare her family and the nation for the heir apparent. Lord, have your hand firmly on the timing of this.
- Help them scribe the speeches they need to make, and give them the words for each person and situation they meet.
- Provide amazing security personnel for them who are honest, discreet and prudent. Protect them from any evil plans.
- Be in Royal marriages within the Royal Family – with good communication, honesty, faithfulness and forgiveness. For those who are talking about marriage but not yet married, be their wisdom and insight for the future. Give them your perspective on the timing of this.
Lord, there are so many things that they need your help and guidance for, and I ask for Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven,