Thy will be done


"Our Father ….
Who is in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom
The power and glory
For ever and ever

Jesus gave us this prayer as a pattern for all the prayers we make - not all the prayers with the same words - but to contain this attitude - this way of thinking.


Our Father: He is our father - possibly not like our earthly father but a pattern of what we expect from a father. The supplier, the giver of daily food, living space and all the things we need. This is God who wants us to look at him as a Father, beloved and loving, a provider, someone who is vitally interested in our lives and our happiness although He is in heaven and we have never seen Him - although often aware of him. In many ways far off although actually closer than anything or anyone.

But after "hailing" him (Hallowed be thy name) and acknowledging his power and presence we change the mood. We order him

and this is how his son tells us to speak to his father!

I have just recently begun to listen to the prayer when I say the "Our Father" which we learn so young and don't think about what it is saying because we know it so well.

I began to hear this sentence particularly - "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven." I think it should be said " Thy kingdom done, Thy will be done on Earth (As it is in heaven)" this way emphasises how things should be. His will is done in heaven and should be done on Earth.

For this emphasis to become habitual for all of us it will need change from the habits of a lifetime!

Ursula Saner - published 18th August 2011