The Meaning Behind “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done”

I believe that many people have been deceived into believing that we are always supposed to sit back and wait for the will of the Father to be revealed.

The Meaning Behind the Words Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

I had an amazing opportunity to pray with a man at work. The man was telling me about His wife who was dealing with several medical issues. During the prayer, I prayed distinctly and specifically for the ailments in his wife’s body to be healed. When I had finished, the man looked both touched and a bit concerned. He proceeded to tell me how he was a Christian and he believed that God would answer our prayers. But he believe it would be in God’s way and in a His timing.

The man’s words, coupled with his tone and body language, came across to me as, “I don’t assume that I know the will of God. I am not going to pray as if it is God’s will to heal my wife, because it may not be God’s will for her to be healed.” This interaction motivated me to write this week about a somewhat controversial topic. That topic is quite simply, God’s will. Is God’s will a mystery, or is it something that He has plainly revealed to us?

Let’s start with the verse that so many Christians point to when talking about God’s will.

That verse is Matthew 6:10 KJV, and it is found within a section of scripture often entitled, “The Lord’s Prayer”. Matthew 6:10 says, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The man that I prayed with at work might be interpreting this verse in a way that I believe many people interpret it today as if we are completely aloof to God’s will. For example, since he doesn’t profess to know God’s will for his wife, this man’s prayer may have sounded something more like, “Lord, if it is your will, please heal my wife.”

Is that really how Jesus was leading us to pray in Matthew 6? Some would probably argue that the answer is yes. Some would interpret, “Your will be done”, as if we should sit back and wait for God’s will to take form. It’s as if we don’t know His will, and by stating, “Your will be done,” we are simply acknowledging that we will accept whatever God’s will is whenever He chooses to reveal it. If I am being honest, up until recently, this is how I interpreted this scripture and how I operated in my walk with God. Recently, however, my thought process has been challenged. My paradigm has been shifted. Now, when I read Matthew 6, I read it a little differently.

You see, I now make the assumption that Jesus’ life was the perfect representation of the Father’s will.

In John 5:19 NKJV when Jesus says, “I only do what I see my Father doing,” He is telling us that His actions reveal the will of God. When Jesus is healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind, and setting the captives free, He is indeed revealing to us the will of His Father. Jesus came and painted us a picture of what it looks like for “God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth just as in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

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If the above assumption is true, and Jesus’ life really did reveal to us our Father’s will, then we will start to read Matthew 6:10 a little differently. It begins to sound more like, “Father, I know that it is not your will for all of this pain, brokenness, sin, and destruction to exist all around us. I know that this is not the way that it is in heaven! I know that you want to usher heaven into our earthly existence. Therefore, use us to make that happen! Use your people to bring heaven to earth!”

I am going to make an assertion. It is a potentially controversial assertion, but it demands major repentance and change if it is true. My assertion is that we already know the will of the Father. He has shown it to us plain as day in His Son Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Jesus has given us the authority to carry it out (Matthew 28: 18-19, Luke 10:19).

I believe that many people have been deceived into believing that we are always supposed to sit back and wait for the will of the Father to be revealed.

That may be true on a high level and a macro scale. For example, no one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return. God Is still sovereign, and His ultimate plan will come to fruition no matter what. However, every day, the practical scale for how we are to live our lives, our Father’s will has been revealed. Jesus came to this earth, walked it out, showed his followers how to do it. He verbally instructed them to carry it out and gave them the authority to do so. He then sent the Holy Spirit, the very same spirit that lived in Jesus and empowered Him. Empowered Him to walk that way, to dwell within each one of us.

Sometimes sitting back and claiming that we don’t know His will is simply procrastination or fear. We either don’t feel prepared and equipped to carry it out, or we are simply afraid of the ridicule and persecution that may come if we do. The devil’s whole game plan is to lie and confuse us. The enemy is the one who over-complicates things. He is the one whose voice says, “How dare you pray a prayer like that? Do you think you are Jesus or something? You don’t know God’s will.” Our God is not a God of confusion. He is the one who made His will simple and easy for us to understand by sending Jesus into the world. Sending Jesus so that we could see it lived out.

God confirms our identity as His sons and daughters. He has written it forever in His word that we have been given authority to carry out His will on this earth!

He has given us an official, signed a letter of approval. Approval to bring the Kingdom of Heaven right into our earthly existence. I don’t know where you are parked on this topic today. You may completely agree with me, or you may passionately disagree with me. One thing I can confidently say is that what we believe about this topic matters. What we believe about this topic determines how we operate as followers of Jesus.

What we believe about this topic has a direct impact. An impact on whether or not HIS KINGDOM WILL COME into someone’s life around us. Someone’s life who needs healing. It could dictate whether or not HIS WILL WILL BE DONE in a friend’s life. A friend who is separated from God and has not received God’s free gift of salvation. Our belief about this topic will determine if we get to experience God’s miracles ON EARTH JUST AS IF WE ARE IN HEAVEN!

Question from Brian Maisch, the author.

What are your thoughts on "Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done"? Comment below!

Written by Brian Maisch

I have a heart for setting people free from spiritual bondage and world oppression. I believe that the radical love of God manifested through his people can transform the world, and I believe that journey begins with us on our knees in a place of humble submission to God’s will.

12 thoughts on “The Meaning Behind “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done”

  1. Amazing Grace ! How sweet the Name of JESUS has been to me. Thank You each of you for the post and comments throughout it . My heart is pounding because I see truth and prosperity in following and stress suing as close to the path of righteousness as well believe that I too can be blessed by Christ. I am no scholar but I am about to Say Amen

  2. There are 1050 command’s (will) in the new testament to obey. To do God’s will is to obey His commands.

  3. I can’t say I fully agree with everything written in this post. We do certainly need to embrace our identities as children of God, praying to our heavenly Father with assurance of who we are in him. “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” (Ephesians 3:12).
    However, there are times when the will of God is contrary to our own wills. This is because we have an incomplete picture of God’s ways. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9).
    And taking Jesus as the model (as we should and as Brian does in the post), Jesus himself surrenders to God’s will in the Garden when he prays “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:42) Jesus recognised that the Father’s will is perfect, even when following his path is hard. So as followers of Jesus, we have access to the Father in prayer, just as Jesus did. We can and should pray for the world we live in, we should pray for those that are sick and suffering. Sin and sickness and suffering are not what God intended for the world, but we live in a fallen world. One day Jesus will put a final end to sin and sickness and suffering, but between now and then we are called to bring the love, hope and Jesus to all those we can. Jesus says “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (16:33)

  4. Wow, I’m awe struck. Simply wanted an answer to that same simple question of meaning. I believe you not only hit it on the head but showed why I was obligated to inquire.

    I’m so impressed with how unique your messages are I believe I’m a convert to your ministry. I’ve considered myself a pilgrim for years and suspect I may have found what I was looking for in place.

    I went to Hawaii first for two years first on foot then on a bicycle. I returned and traveled all through the deserts from Utah to Yuma in a $500.00 car. I returned to the Olympic Peninsula and seemingly may have found what I was looking for all along.
    You may not realize the strength in your words. Believe me, it’s there!

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  6. wow! Thank you for the biblical context of this verse! I too had the wrong perspective of what this verse meant. After reading your blog and teaching on it, I can confidently say I know God’s will for His people and how I can confidently walk in that authority that has been given to me through Christ Jesus.

  7. There is a reason, though it may be used as an excuse, for asking for God’s will in a situation. Jesus stated that He acted on what He saw His Father doing and spoke what He heard the Father saying. When we get to that place in our relationship with Him then certainly we must act or be in disobedience. But until then we walk in another kind of disobedience. One of not knowing His exact will for this given situation at this given time. God is at work in our lives to bring us to this closer walk with Him, and maybe what you are seeing is an important step in our making this shift in thinking that you are showing us here. But is the cost of such a relationship too high for us to pay. For there was a cost for Jesus, there was a cost for His disciples. And we must know that there surly must be a cost for us.

  8. Great post! I makes me think of how a friend of mine responds to people who say, “We will be at church next Sunday, Lord willing.” He likes to say, “I know it’s the Lord’s will that you come to church!”. While we know that obstacles arise, it is very clear that God has clear expectations. For example, I do not need to ask God if I can lie, steal, murder, or envy. Clearly this is not His will.

    However, I also think there are decisions and times when patience is best along with reconciliation with God’s sovereign will such as when Jesus chastised Saul for “It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 9:5). As with many things, there is a balance. “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3).

    Thank you for challenging the status quo! What would Jesus do? Just follow Him.

  9. Amen!!! Powerfully penned!

    “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, FOR ALL THINGS THAT I HEARD FROM MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you….John 15:14-16

  10. So amazing man… I completely agree with you on this topic. I’ll admit that I sometimes pray for healing in the wrong way “If it’s your will” not “It is your will” – I need to change my mindset a bit on this! Thanks for this post bro

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