Thy Will Be Done
7th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Readings: Genesis 18:20-33
The word from Colossians today expresses to us who we really are in Christ. His provisions for us are more than enough. This Sunday’s lesson teaches us about Prayer. The necessity of communicating and having a relationship with God. In the beginning, Adam walked and talked with God in the cool of the evening. He had a relationship with God. In the New Testament, the disciples noticed that Christ was constantly praying. In Luke 3 it talks about prayer during Christ’s baptism. In Chapter 5 Christ prayed in the wilderness. In Chapter 9 He often prayed alone. The Transfiguration also took place in Chapter 9. In Luke 11, one of the disciples asked him, “teach us how to pray.” Then Jesus taught them how to pray “The Lord’s Prayer.” Matthew 6:7 says, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” This means that we are not to use meaningless repetitions. These are empty phrases that are worthless and useless. How many people are praying repetitiously everyday?
Christ started with, “Our Father.” Why, our Father? Because He is our Provider, Protector and He supplies for the family’s needs. And it is not just “My Father.” He says, “Our Father,” meaning, we are one family. God is the Creator of all, the Source of everything. God does not only supply but protects us. He sent His only Son to die for us, to bear our iniquities, to take away the sin from our lives. This is why when we pray “our Father,” we are recognizing His leadership. We should pray directly to Him and not through any third party. Not to the saints, but directly to the Father. We should have the confidence that He has the knowledge to everything. Nothing exists that did not come from God. Why are we seeking from other sources? When we call Him our Father, it means we are His sons. We have that royalty. We can have the assurance. Just like the Father is to the prodigal son. That even in our confusion, He is our strength. We are also taught to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We are asking God to bring down what He has created to earth and to our lives. 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers.” There is no poverty in heaven. The streets of the new Jerusalem are paved with gold. Gold is a sign of perfection. When we take the Eucharist, we are praying, “give us this day our daily bread.” Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Jesus said He will supply all our needs. We have to go beyond just hoping and have faith. Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The enemy tries to attack us because he knows we do not really believe. The enemy should flee from us instead of attacking us.
Christ gives us hope and life. The Lord’s prayer encompasses everything we need in life. Christ will one day come back and live with us forever. Thy will be done. Sin brought sickness and death but Christ brought life to us. Even if seemingly nothing is happening, we still need to believe. Even if things are not going well, we don’t give up. God answers prayers. He will respond. He hears our prayers, He will answer. When we pray, we need to believe we have received by faith. We should not lose heart. We should pray for God’s will to be done. Pray and believe that God will restore the earth. God wants us to believe that He wants us to live as He intends. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever.
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