“Your will be done”
The prayer is for God’s will to be done. Not our will. Not our wishes, wants and hopes. God’s will. It doesn’t mean resignation before the changes and chances of life. It does mean that God’s good and gracious will is the goal of our lives. God wills the reconciliation of all things. God wills the triumph of peace. God wills the release of those in bondage. God wills shared bread and the gathering of the outcast. God wills justice and mercy. Gods wills that all may partake of the tree of life. God wills that we should love our enemies and do good to them. God wills the empty tomb and the reign of Grace. When we pray “Thy will be done,” we are praying for all this to be done in our world – and for all this to be done in us.
The Prayer for Week 3: “Your will be done”
To you, O God, all voices rise,
and you hear the cries of the whole human community.
Send forth your Spirit into every heart
that we may live your good and gracious will. Amen
The Third Petition: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
What does this mean?
The good and gracious will of God is surely done without our prayer, but we ask in this prayer that it may be done also among us.
When does this happen?
God’s will is done when he hinders and defeats every evil scheme and purpose of the devil, the world, and our sinful self, which would prevent us from keeping his name holy and would oppose the coming of his kingdom. And his will is done when he strengthens our faith and keeps us firm in his Word as long as we live. This is his good and gracious will.
The Small Catechism by Martin Luther in Contemporary English, Augsburg Publishing, ©1960,1968