Week 3: October 16

Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done by Sue Schreiner

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Matthew 5:10: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

As we enter week 3 of our series on prayer, remember to use the Lord’s Prayer card or the screen saver to help you reflect on and pray through the prayer several times each day. Jesus chose each word carefully in order to teach us how prayer helps our relationship with God grow deeper and become more intimate. He gave us a prayer that is short, easy to memorize yet packed with the essence of the gospel. This week, we’ll explore Matt. 5:10 “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

Imagine that you are a Jewish man or woman sitting on the hill listening to these words for the first time. You would have studied the writings of what we now call the Old Testament and the words of the prophets. You would know the history of Israel and the law as God spoke it to Moses on Mt. Sinai. You would have been told that there have been no prophets speaking God’s words in Israel for over 400 years. Now Jesus is in front of you claiming to speak for God. In your culture, the name of God is so holy that you are not allowed to speak it lest you offend Him. But Jesus said to pray this way. “Our Father”! In heaven, hallowed be Your name. Then He spoke words that stirred something in you. “Your Kingdom come”. You learned about the great kingdom of Israel that David built as king. God promised the throne of David would go on forever. But that great kingdom was; divided into two kingdoms, both kingdoms were defeated by pagan kings and Israel had been ruled for almost 1,000 years by one conquering king after another. Yet there was the promise of a Messiah who would sit on the throne of David. Could this finally be the time for freedom?

When you think of “kingdom” today, what comes to mind? The Greek word, basileia, used here means kingdom, sovereignty, royal power. So those who were listening to Jesus would have had reason to think of a conquering Messiah who would free them from oppression. But Jesus spent much of His time in the next 3 years teaching what God’s Kingdom was to look like and it did not involve ending Roman rule. If you have a concordance in the back of your Bible, look up the word kingdom and notice how many references there are in Jesus words from Matthew, Mark and Luke. We’ll unpack this more tomorrow but know that an understanding of God’s Kingdom was something Jesus desperately wanted us to grasp. If you’d like to do further study check out this site.

As Jesus modeled prayer for us, He also said we should pray “Your will be done”. The word for “will” in Greek, thelema, means “a determination, choice, purpose, decree, or inclination - desire, pleasure, will”. At first glance, we would say, of course we want God’s will to be done. But as Jesus showed us through His life, doing God’s will involves surrender. This surrender to God’s will being done, starts with our own lives. It becomes a personal choice we need to make, surrendering every area of our lives to Him and it often isn’t easy.

Read through Matthew 6:10 again but as you read think of it in light of your own life, your knowledge of Jesus’ teaching and your spiritual experience. Over the next few days, we’ll explore what Jesus is asking us to do by choosing these words.


What does praying for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done require of you as His follower?

As you begin to think of the implications of submitting to God’s Kingship and God’s will in your own life, what brings you comfort? What causes you to hesitate? Record your thoughts in your journal.

DAY 2: Your Kingdom Come

Yesterday, we reflected on what comes to mind when we hear the word “kingdom”. Did the idea of a kingdom seem strange to you? After all, we don’t live in a monarchy and kings don’t go to war building their kingdoms as they did regularly in Biblical times.

We know that the disciples and those listening to Jesus, thought of Israel as the Kingdom of God and longed for freedom from the domination of Roman rule. Every time Jesus talked of the Kingdom of Heaven/Kingdom of God they thought of Israel and the end of Roman rule. But Jesus was talking about a different kind of kingdom, one in which God is sovereign. In the 4 gospels Jesus taught about the kingdom of God or kingdom of Heaven, at least 111 times which was more than any He taught about any other topic.

So what is the Kingdom of God? The dictionary defines kingdom as the area where a certain king reigns. “The Kingdom of God is where He rules, where His will is fulfilled. It’s where He is seen as the one on the throne, giving protection and provision and deserving allegiance and devotion. It’s where God’s priorities are made THE priority.” - Dr. Jack Taylor

When we pray, ‘Your Kingdom come’, we are saying we will pursue God’s Kingdom rather than our own. We typically spend much of our lives building our own kingdoms such as: our homes, our families, our careers, our image, our wealth, our spiritual resumes, etc. When someone threatens or challenges one of those “kingdoms”, we tend to become protective. But if we pray this prayer sincerely, it should reflect our desire for His sovereign rule over every area of our lives here on earth. We submit to His authority and yield to His control in every aspect of our existence. We cannot live in His Kingdom and yet build our own. In his book “Living the Lord’s Prayer”, David Timms says it this way, “Your Kingdom come, does not invite the Father to come and watch us, but to come and rule us. We do not invite Him to partner with our lives, but to take charge of them.”

The dissonance for us comes when we are praying one thing while holding on to another. We believe that God is good and wants His best for us but we want to hold on to one or more of our own kingdoms and build them ourselves. When we say, God, Your Kingdom come, we submit to His rule and plan for our lives as faithful, obedient, and humble residents of His Kingdom and we give up control of our own kingdoms.


Read Matthew 13:18-52 How many times do you see the phrase “the Kingdom of Heaven is like”? As you read them, what did you notice or learn about God’s Kingdom? Make a list and write them on a card to use as a Kingdom focus as you pray through the Lord’s Prayer today several times.

Make a list of your own kingdoms you’ve been holding on to. Spend some time in prayer releasing your control of them to God’s sovereignty and rule.

DAY 3: Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, etc. I’m sure you’ve heard a teen utter this word – WhatEVER! - more than likely it was accompanied by an eye roll or even an extended hand. You may even have been the one speaking that word with an attitude. Most often it is a response to being told to do something contrary to one’s will and sometimes indicating no intention of doing so. When we feel we have no choice but to conform to someone else’s orders it can lead to a begrudging resigned obedience or even rebellion.

That is certainly not what Jesus intended when He chose the words “Your will be done” but how often do we pray the words hoping that ‘our will’ be done as well. God gave us a will, the ability to choose what we will do, but Jesus is asking us to willingly surrender our will and choose to do God’s will, trusting completely that He knows and wants what is best for us. Knowing that, we can choose to say, God, I want what You want and I’ll receive what You give.

I don’t know about you, but I can pray ‘Your will not mine’, but I want clarity about where His will is leading me. I do not like suspense movies or novels unless…I know the ending before I start even if the ending is bad news. Once I know where the plot is going, I can handle the twists and turns. I just don’t like suspense. Maybe you’re like me. We can pray about His will for the next step we should take right now but we add, please give me clarity, meaning, show me where I will end up. Isn’t that a form of control? It’s easy to rationalize that knowing what lies ahead, will help us to choose the right path now. Surrendering to God’s will means trusting Him to give us each next step as He sees fit. He doesn’t need to tell us the end from the beginning.

It’s so easy to think my top priority must be a clear picture of where God will take me. I read a story about a man serving in a mission in Calcutta where he met Mother Teresa. He asked her to pray for him and when asked what he wanted, he told her the deepest desire of his heart was clarity. Pray I have clarity. She replied, “No, I will not do that. Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.” When he remarked that she seemed to have great clarity. She replied, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.” In John 14:1 Jesus says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled (don’t be stressed about what lies ahead); trust God and trust me.”

Living out “Your will be done” requires an unwavering confidence in all we know to be true about God. He is good, He loves us. He is merciful. He is just. He is powerful. He knows exactly what we need and when. He will provide whatever we need to take that next step with him. 

Rom 8:28: “And know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” We can willingly trust His purpose in our lives. His will is tied to His purpose which is ultimately to see us transformed into the image of Christ. He knows every step along the path to take you, HIs dearly loved child, ever closer to that perfect image.


In what areas of your life do you still try to hold the reins yourself? Begin to pray for the courage to trust God with them as He teaches you to let go praying, “Your will be done."

DAY 4: A Time for Reflection

This week we’ve talked about letting go, releasing and trusting. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” It’s amazing the meaning these few words hold for us.

Were you surprised at how many small kingdoms you may have been trying to hold on to your life? Maintaining that much control can be exhausting. How freeing would it be to let go of our own kingdom building and allow God to be our king, protector, provider?

Releasing our will to follow God’s will is not easy. Some people see it as an act of resignation, almost a “whatEVER”. But it is so much more. It is a calculated decision to release our control to the one we trust with our very lives. In releasing our will to God by placing our complete faith in Him, we grow closer to Him. Our passion becomes knowing Him more. It’s then we can face whatever comes in life; the good times, times of deep sadness, health challenges, failures, successes.

I love how David Timms says it: “May our passion for God produce increasing submission to Him so that He may do to us, through us, and with us whatever He wishes. Disciples of Jesus can do no less. YOUR WILL BE DONE.” You can be assured that whatever He does will be used to draw you close and transform your life.

Listen to this song by Hillary Scott. Reflect on the lyrics and how they may apply to your life. What one area of your life is God inviting you to surrender? Know that He sees you, hears you and loves your submissive heart.

Thy Will Be Done by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family

I’m so confused

I know I heard you loud and clear

So, I followed through

Somehow I ended up here

I don’t wanna think

I may never understand

That my broken heart is a part of your plan

When I try to pray

All I’ve got is hurt and these four words

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

I know you’re good

But this don’t feel good right now

And I know you think

Of things I could never think about

It’s hard to count it all joy

Distracted by the noise

Just trying to make sense

Of all your promises

Sometimes I gotta stop

Remember that you’re God

And I am not


Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will

I know you see me

I know you hear me, Lord

Your plans are for me

Goodness you have in store

I know you hear me

I know you see me, Lord

Your plans are for me

Good news you have in store

So, thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

Thy will be done

I know you see me

I know you hear me, Lord

Day 5: A Time for Prayer and Meditation

You will need your journal or some plain paper and a pen or pencil for today’s reflection time.

This week, we’re reading the Lord’s Prayer in the Amplified Version of the Bible. The Amplified Version is just that. It uses Amplifications which are words or phrases intended to more fully bring out the meaning of the original text but distinguished from the translation itself by parentheses. Notice a good example of ‘amplifications’ in verse 12.

In using our tools; the Sunday message, the Life Group materials and the devotionals, you’ve been gathering insight to help you better understand how each word fits into the teachings of Jesus and His intention for all who pray this prayer.

Read through this version of the prayer out loud slowly including the ‘amplifications’ in parentheses to get used to the format.

Now, read it again using it as your prayer in this version.

Take out your journal and write verses 9-10 of the prayer adding your own ‘amplifications’ in parentheses after each word based on what you’ve gleaned from the past 3 weeks from our series.

Finally, pray through the prayer the way you just wrote it using your amplified version to expand your thoughts as you pray.

Matthew 6:9-13 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

9 Pray, therefore, like this:

Our Father

Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.

10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.

13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.