Have you ever considered what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer? In the Good News recorded by Matthew, Jesus says this is how we 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 this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.*
Remember the garden of Eden? Everything was good. Humanity was very good. It was heaven on earth. Then it went bad. The serpent lies, Adam and Eve believe him, they take and eat from Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Relationships broken. Death comes strolling in.
When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they pushed God out of the centre of the garden; out of the centre of human life, and they were replacing God with themselves. Why did they push God out of the centre; why did they reject God’s will; why did they prevent the kingdom from existing on earth as it is in heaven? Because of judgment. Whose judgment?
Adam and Eve heard the serpent’s accusations about God and they judged him accordingly; they judged God’s will as unhelpful, contrary to their best interests, untrustworthy. Jesus mission was to reveal the truth about God, his character, his intentions, his love.
Would you consider setting aside your judgments about God and trusting Jesus’ revelation of your Dad in heaven?