Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

The Father’s Will

Often in Scripture, “the Father’s will” is mentioned in one form or another. Have you ever considered just what that is, “the Father’s will?”

Point 1

Jesus’ disciples asked Him how they should pray. He gave them what is commonly, and incorrectly, called the “Lord’s Prayer,” in Luke 11:2-4, the shorter version, and also Matthew 6:9-13. By the way, the actual Lord’s Prayer is located at John 17:1-26, the entire chapter.

In the first verse of Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus says to His disciples,

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done [emphasis mine] in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9)

How often have we said those words and not even thought about, “What is the Father’s will?” I’m of the generation that was blessed to be able to say that prayer in school. I can’t imagine how many times I have quoted the disciples prayer in school, in church, other places and in private.

I think the remainder of these verses makes it clear that:

1.���� We are to separate ourselves from profane things and dedicate ourselves to Him, thus “hallow His name.”

2.���� We are to pray for the day that His kingdom will be likewise on earth and thereby His will accomplished.

3.���� We are to pray for our daily sustenance.

4.���� We are to ask forgiveness from Him, having already forgiven others who have harmed us.

5.���� We are to follow His lead through the treacherous trails or temptation.

via By Grant Phillips.



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