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.*
In the garden of Eden, it was all good but then Adam and Eve didn’t trust the will of God. Relationships were broken, death came strolling in. Everything went bad.
As God’s rescue plan unfolded, Jesus went into another garden and voluntarily took upon himself all our brokenness and death. He was taking away the sins of the world and it was crushing out his life; he felt that he would be forever separated from his Dad in heaven. Can you hear the heartbreaking anguish in his cry, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me”?
But Jesus knew the plan and loved us so much so instead of turning away he trusted the will of our Dad in heaven: “Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” With that commitment death was defeated, relationships were healed, heaven on earth was being restored.
Do you realize now what Jesus was really telling us when he said the words, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?