Or, instead, are these just poetic words that you have been trained to mindlessly utter, but you don’t really care one way or the other if they come about? Jesus said these stinging words to the Pharisees in Matthew 15:7-8, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’”
Could Jesus say the same words to us today? I believe so. There is a current trend of claiming Christianity, but opposing Christ. We sing to the King, but reject His rule. Our lives do not match His Will, and it doesn’t appear we have a desire for that to change.
Right now, some of you may want to argue, how do you know the will of God? This is easy. This is the point of the Bible. The Bible is God’s revelation of His will. Psalm 119:1 says, “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!” The law of the Lord is just another way of saying Bible. The Bible provides a complete guide to living a life in accordance to God’s Will. (Having said that, only Jesus is able to perfectly walk in the law of the Lord and be blameless, hence why we must place our faith in Him. See Matthew 5:17). However, the point is that the Bible provides direction for God’s will. His Word is His standard revealed to us to know how to live right (i.e. righteousness).
Having said that, many self-proclaimed Christians take positions that are inconsistent to what is abundantly clear in the Bible. This means one of two things: 1) they are a hypocrite or 2) they don’t know what’s in the Bible. Either way, it is not good.
If you are a Christian, you should have a Bible. If not, email me. I will get you one. Take out your Bible and start studying it. Find out what God has to say about purpose, justice, love, race, the law, punishment, forgiveness, poverty, money, sex, marriage, work, childrearing, divorce, lust, eating, anxiety, alcohol, time, charity, anger, gossip, etc. I think you might be surprised how comprehensive God’s Word is.
Next, compare your life against His Will. Does your life look like you belong in the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of this world? Are you walking in the will of God, or are you walking in the way of the World? Jesus said these piercing words in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Jesus tells us that there are two paths in life. You are either on one or the other, there is no middle way. Which are you on? The wide, easy and popular way; or the narrow, hard and unpopular way? The outcomes are substantially different.
Therefore, when you pray “They Kingdom come, Thy will be done,” above all, remember you are praying for your heart to be willing to walk the narrow way of God’s will, even when all the culture around you is not. Don’t be ignorant to God’s will or a hypocrite to God’s will, instead live a life that pleases the Lord you claim to love.