The Lord’s Prayer: On Earth As Is It In Heaven

Psalm 73:21–26
When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.

Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

My Lord,

We sit and yearn and pray for You to come back, Lord Jesus. Come back and take us home. We want for our hopes, wants, dreams and desires to be in You alone. This is what separates believers from the unbeliever: we hope and trust that You will make all things right-standing with You. We have read Your promises and we earnestly believe in them. The weight of sin and the weight of a broken universe are too much to bear. Our backs are broken from under the heavy load. Our eyes sting from the sweat of this intense labor. Our muscles twitch in a mere moment from collapsing, because we can bear it no more.

This momentary moment of affliction racks our souls with the sharpest and more torturous pain. This sufferings of this present time are simply too much.

Yet, You called us. And by Your Spirit, we cry out—through rivers of tears, streams of pain and mountains of our sin—have mercy on me, Lord Jesus.

You have chosen us so that You could reveal us to Your Father. You told us as You held out Your hand, “Come to me, those under the weight of back-breaking sin, and I will give You perfect peace and soothing rest. Here, take my holiness, my righteousness, my obedience, my perfection, my grace, my mercy, my faithfulness and my love upon You, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and You will find rest for Your souls. For my weight is easy, and my workload is light.” 1

In that tearful and joyful declaration, You made an exchange for us. You are Creator God as You have exchanged Yourself for our created, faulty, deadly, unholy, dying gods. Sinless and blameless Lamb exchanges Himself for sin-filled wicked people who are far from Him. You did this for us: for Your glory and our joy. You did this for our sake, let me repeat, our sake. In that our Father made You be our sin when You never had sinned so that in You we might be the righteousness of You 2.

O Father, Your creation cries out in bondage to corruption. All of the earth and the universe wait upon You to finish Your work in the adoption of Your sons. Because we have the firstfruits of Your Spirit, we cry and groan with all of creation 3.

Yet, you are holy, holy, holy. The earth is filled with Your glory!  And because You are holy and You declare us to be Yours, we are now holy because of You. 4

Therefore, in light of what You have done for me, in me and through me, shall I consider the sufferings of this present time are worth comparing to the glory that You will reveal to me 5?  No!

Yet, in the light of all that You are and what You have declared Yourself, is this momentary affliction preparing me for Your eternal weight of glory, which is beyond all comparison 6?  Yes!

Now that I love You and You love me, can I ask a question?  So no matter what happens to me, I do know that You will make all things work together for my good because you called me according to Your purpose? Yes! 7

Because You have foreknew me before the beginning of time and You have predestined me to be Yours, will you conform me to the image of Your Son so that He might be called the first of my many brothers and sisters?  Yes!  8

Now, if you have predestined me, have you called me to life, joy and pleasures that can only be found in You forevermore? 9  Yes!

If you have called me to life, joy and pleasures in You, have you justified me in your sight by exchanging my sin for your righteousness? Yes!

If you have justified me in your sight, do I get to be with you, look upon your lovely face and dwell in your glory forever? Yes! 10

Then who can be against me when You are for me and when You have not spared Your own Son but instead gave Him up for me and graciously gave me all things? 11  No one!

Who can bring any charge against me when You have foreknew me, predestined me, elected me, called me and declared me “Justified” in You? 12 No one!

Who can condemn me when it is Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at Your right hand and who is interceding and praying for me at this very moment? 13 No one!

Who can separate me from the love of Your Son even when it was adamantly declared that we are being killed all the day long, for Your sake, and we are slaughtered like sheep by likes of tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword of this world? No one! 14

So, is there anything in all of creation that can separate me from Your love, which is in Christ Jesus my Lord?  No! 15

Then, my Lord and my God, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

“Fear not, then the darkest cloud, nor the proudest waves, nor the deepest wants,—in these very things you shall, through Christ, prove triumphant. Nor shrink from the battle with “last enemy”. Death received a death-wound when Christ died. You face a conquered foe. He stands at your side a crownless king, and waving a broken spectre. Your death shall be another victory over the believer’s last foe. Planting your foot of faith upon his prostrate neck, you shall spring into glory, more than a conqueror, through him that loved you. Thus passing to glory in triumph, you shall go to swell the ranks of the “noble army of martyrs”—those Christian heroes of whom it is recorded, “THEY OVERCAME HIM BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB.” 16

Notes:

  1. Matthew 11:25-30
  2. 2 Corinthians 5:21
  3. Romans 8:19-23
  4. Isaiah 6:3, Romans 9:26, 1 Peter 1:16 cf. Leviticus 11:44
  5. Romans 8:19
  6. 2 Corinthians 4:17
  7. Romans 8:28
  8. Romans 8:29
  9. Romans 8:28-30; Psalm 16:11
  10. Romans 8:30; Psalm 17:15
  11. Romans 8:31-32
  12. Romans 8:33
  13. Romans 8:34
  14. Romans 8:35-36
  15. Romans 8:39
  16. Winslow, Octavius. No Condemnation in Christ Jesus. Banner of Truth Trust, 1853.

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:5c My Cup Overflows

My Lord, I am reminded of all of your sweet blessings. You are my inheritance. You are my portion. You are my lot. Because you are my Christ, the Son of God, in whom is my All-of-all. My God, you have called me into your family and I share my inheritance. But just as you drank from the cup, I gladly and with great joy drink from the cup. I am yours and your are my Beloved forever. Thank you for saving me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my everything.

The Lord’s Prayer: Your Will Be Done

Ephesians 1:11-14 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Your will be done

My Father, I am but a little kid. I see this, that Your will be done and my response is only what I want and concern for no one else. It is so easy for me to say, “I believe that the will of my Father will be done.” because I think I know your power and sovereignty.

Yet I am still on this earth and I know that I have needs and wants and desires and wishes. It is so easy to come to you and say, “Give me!”.

What if you said, “No.”  Will I have the wisdom and maturity to trust in you even when I don’t know why I am being protected for my own good?

What if you said, “Wait.”  Will I have the patience and peace, not worrying or anxious, and wait for you?

Now, I say, “Of course I would have the wisdom, maturity, patience, and peace to handle that situation.” But at this moment now, nothing troubles my heart so it easy to say that.  But what about then?

Deep down inside, my faith will be tested and I have no guarantees that I would pass that test.

If Your will be done, then what can I really ask for?  How shall I pray for my heart to respond?

The only thing I do know is this:

You are my Father in heaven.

You alone are good and you can only do good.

You alone are loving and you can only love me.

You alone chose me, saved me and adopted me.  You are perfect, you cannot lose me because a Perfect Father does not lose His kids.  You cannot go back on your promises for it is impossible for you to break your own promise. 1

You alone are in charge. You alone dictate. You alone command.

You alone rule. You alone reign. You alone are sovereign.

You alone are holy. You alone are righteous. You alone are faithful.

You alone have the power to execute every single bit of your will.

You alone will receive all the majesty, honor and glory.

Just you. No one else.

Dad, you know my needs. You know my wants. You know my thoughts and dreams and I think I need this or that, but you know perfectly how to provide for me so that you alone receive all the glory.

You know my heart and as long as I am here on earth, you are constantly conforming me to the image of your Son. 2

If those things be true, then help me trust in You.

But even if my trust gives way, Lord, have your Holy Spirit gently and boldly remind me to consider others before myself. For you have me. You got me. I cannot be lost. I am going to be taken care of. You will bless me and keep me and because of what your Son has done, you said you will shine your face upon me, be ever so gracious to me, smile upon me and give me peace. 3

Because you have me, I am free to think of others and pray for them.

So this is my prayer: I lift them up to you, my gracious God.

Provide for them. Care for them. Heal them. Save them.

So many things that we want and we think they are good. We even think those good things come from you. Those things might be good or might not be good but it really does not matter. Lord, give us whatever would turn our hearts and affections towards You.  Do not give us over to the things of this world that would turn our backs towards You.  Our hope is in you alone. I pray for Your will to be done and that You will be glorified.

If it is by Your will, then I ask this one thing:

Lord, may I see Your glory?

For I know that I have these desires and I want these things to be done so bad.

So I come to You, as Your child, asking my Father “Can I please?”

But let me repeat, what my Eldest Brother said before, “Not my will but Yours”

“Not mine but thine will be done.”

Don’t do this because I want to, do this because You want to.

Whatever Your will might be, let me be with you and rest in You alone.

Notes:

  1. Hebrews 6:18 cf. Genesis 15:1-20
  2. Romans 8:29
  3. Numbers 6:24-26

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:5b The Gift of Your Spirit

My God, Because of everything your Son has done for me, I now walk in the power of Your Spiirt. He leads me. He guides me. He teaches me. He reminds me of what You have said. He reminds me of my righteousness. He reminds me that I am your son. More so than that, He is the seal upon my heart and the promise of your strength. And because He dwells in me, I fear no death. Because he is the same Spirit that raised Christ Jesus from the dead. And because He is in me, I have the fullness of life. I am truly alive. I am holy, righteous, just; loved, and continuous under your grace and mercy. Because of your anointing on my life.

The Lord’s Prayer: Your Kingdom Come

Matthew 16:15-19 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Your kingdom come

You are God. You are so exalted and so glorious that You have declared Your only begotten Son the King of kings and the Lord of lords 1.

You are God above all of our made-up gods created by our wicked hearts and hands.

You rule and You reign over all creation. There is not one square inch, not one tiny little atom of this universe that You, who is sovereign over all, have not proclaimed and vehemently declared, “Mine!”

You rule over all the heavens and the earth, all nations and all seas, all governments and all leaders, over every city and neighborhood. You rule over all languages, tribes and people groups.

You rule over our wills, our minds, our hearts, our spirits, our feelings and our beliefs.

Therefore, You are exalted above all.

Your kingdom come and it will advance no matter what. The Church is built upon Christ as our Solid Rock and not even the gates of hell can contain your Bride. 2 

Your kingdom expands and advances, all because of Your sovereign will through Your Son’s violent death upon that cross by the power of Your Spirit, the call goes forth: that there is the only One True God who passionately, continuously, relentlessly, lovingly pursues every single person who continues to this day to breath Your air. And we, indwelled with Your Holy Spirit, have been commissioned as heralds—princes and princesses of the great King—to the world proclaiming these things:

To the wicked, You will give Your righteousness.

To the fallen, You lift to restoration.

To the captives, You hold the keys to death and Hell, proclaim freedom and set the captives free. 3

To the blind, Your truth shines brighter than the sun and makes all things as they are—all the more radiant and more beautiful—and you will let them see Your glory.

To the deaf, never have our ears heard sweeter melodies and lovelier whispers.

To the dead, You bring the true life, the fullness of joy and pleasures evermore.

All that You have asked of is that we trust in You.

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

– Abraham Kuyper

Notes:

  1. 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16 cf. Daniel 7:9-14
  2. Matthew 16:18
  3. Isaiah 61:1

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:5a Circumstances Abound

My God, I have been crushed and discarded a hundred times. But, I have warred against you thousand more. Yet, you sent your Son to live and die for me. And now I live for you. I will never understand why you saved me, but I only know that because I have sin much I have been forgiven much. Now I know you let me sit at your table, when I should been condemned for treason. You knew I was an enemy, and you then declared me as your friend. My God, remind me always that, I do not do battle against prisoners of war, but against the rulers who imprisoned them. Give me your almighty strength, and your invincible armour, and let me help you set the captives free. In your Son’s name I pray. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer: Hallowed Be Your Name

Revelation 4:8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

Hallowed be Your name — Because You are my good Father in heaven, I now get to say this:

You are holy.

You are far above, far from all of my sin, and the sins of the world.

You shine the brightest. You are the most glorious. Your holiness is a fire unquenched. Your holiness rejects and vomits out all of my trespasses.

Our sins, our trespasses, our wickedness, our transgressions and our iniquities keep us infinitely far for You.

Before You, we are complete strangers. 1

Before You, we are children who sit under Your just and necessary wrath. 2

Before You, we are dead. 3

Yet, oh how good and wonderful that You sent Your Son across that infinite separation through the shattered cosmos and into our broken lives as Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God to be not only fully God but also fully man.

For it is Him who made the way back to You!

Now that we get to be with You, Your Son shows us how to pray and Your Spirit prays with us. Apart from Your sovereign grace, the bloodshed and broken body of Your Son on that cross and the power of Your Spirit, not only did I not know You but I actively waged war against Your holy name.

But because Jesus Christ, Your Son, and my Savior, laid out the path to You, I get to enjoy Your company. Because of Your Son’s life, death and resurrection are the absolute truth that we might get to fully enjoy You forever and ever.

And because of Your Spirit’s awesome power, You claim us to be Yours forever.

You have always known me and You will always know me. You will not forget me nor forsake me. You have always loved me and you will always love me. You are so good to me and you will not stop being good to me.

How glorious is Your Name!

Notes:

  1. 1 Chronicles 29:15
  2. Ephesians 2:3
  3. Ephesians 2:5

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:4d The Comfort of Your Power

My God, It is the might and strength of your protection on my life and heart that gives me peace. That no other thing in all of creation can ever separate me from you in the name of your Son, Christ Jesus my Lord. Nothing ever compares to you. You alone are powerful and worthy. Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for calling me your own. And now I am safe because I will get to be with you forever.

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in Heaven

Romans 8:14-17 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Our Father in heaven — My Jesus, You have told me this so that I may know this: I can now come to the Father. My Father is mindful of me, and His will has already dictated our relationship to be so. You have done all the work. The Spirit bears witness with my Spirit that I am a child of God.  This same Spirit that raised You from the grave dwells in me.  As the Holy Spirit lives in me, He gives me the power, the right and privilege to go and be with the Father.

Father, I cannot think of You like some cruel, ruthless, thoughtless, mindless man voided of compassion and love. I dare not compare You in light of an earthly father. You are exalted and high and lifted up, all earthly fathers held in the view of You. You, O God, are good and do nothing but good.

Your faith is given to me and with this new heart You have given me, I now get to trust in You when Christ says, “Our Father is our perfect Father in heaven.” That means You are perfect in love, perfect in compassion, perfect in mercy, perfect in grace, perfect in judgment, holiness, righteousness, and faithfulness.

You, my Father in heaven, are high and lifted up above all other gods and all over the earth. You are the Triune God who is in the perfect community and perfect love, sufficient and satisfying in Yourself and needed no one else and nothing else. You are the Creator God who sees all and knows all.

You are all around the earth, and Your glory fills the earth. You are all-powerful, never to be limited to what You can and cannot do.

For I am certain: You are holy, far above our tragic depravity and our laughable idols; You are so far and distant as You cannot dare not to look upon our sins.

This is so very true: I am a stranger before you and lost as our Fathers were.  Likewise, my days on the earth are like a shadow, and there was no hope (1 Chronicles 29:15). But, despite my horrific sin, my wicked thoughts, my desperately sick heart, my numerous transgressions; my gruesome pride; and in spite of me being so far away from You, You loved me so much that You thought of me from eternity past. Because You wanted me to be with You, You sent Your Son to do whatever it takes to bring me to You. 

And You Son did it, perfectly, by your Spirit.  Jesus Christ did so by giving over His perfect, spotless life for my cancerous, sin-infested, death-filled “life.”  He did so by taking on Your just punishment that was meant for me and then poured out his blood to clean away all of my sins, wickedness, iniquities, transgressions, and evil.  And it is by Your Spirit and by Your will, Your Son rose from death.

Why did You save me?  I have not a clue.  I did nothing to deserve Your gracious and everlasting love, even less so, Your undivided attention.

All I know is that I was once lost, now found; once blind, now I can see; once dead; now fully alive in You.  All because of what You have done.

I love You, my God.

Now Sings My Soul: Psalm 23:4c You Are With Me

My Lord and my God, Even when I was dead, you called my name. Even when I was lost, you found me. Even when I was blind, you touched my eyes and opened them to see. Even when I was deaf, you opened them to hear. Even when I was hard-hearted, you took my heart of stone and gave me your tender heart. Even when I couldn’t know you, you gave me Your Spirit. Even when I am in the wilderness, you are closer to me than a whisper. You are my God. I will adore and worship you forever.