“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
- Matthew 6:9-10
He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”
- Matthew 26:42
For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
- Luke 12:30-31
A few disjointed things have popped into my head recently and seem to have congealed into some sort of fruit salad.
Sorry, when our younger son’s oldest was one year old, he came to live with us for nine months, and his parents too. He woke up from his nap wiggling his index fingers, because Wiggles was about to come on his favorite television channel. Whenever I mention “Fruit Salad…” And the video features the original four Wiggles.
No, I have remembered what some people have said and what others have written about. When we appear on Judgment Day before the Lord, either we will say “Your will be done” or God will tell us “Your will be done.” For those who do not understand, those who are born-again have surrendered their will to God’s will. When we do as Jesus did in the garden on the night He was betrayed and say “Lord, your will be done,” we are affirming that surrender. But for those who refused to give up control within their lives, God will tell them that their will be done, because they chose their own way instead of God’s way, a way of destruction which leads to the second death and the lake of fire.
Okay, that could be a lesson all in one short paragraph, but it also explains a few other things.
Jesus teaches us in the Lord’s Prayer to affirm to God that regardless of what we request, God’s will be done. We are affirming God’s sovereignty each time we pray, if we are not simply praying for our selfish wants. The Scripture from Luke talks about asking for “stuff” and God defines what He provides to us by means of explaining it in two stages. God provides our needs and He provides a portion of Himself so that we can become more like Him.
Yet, I think I read on the Wee Flea website that David Robertson’s next book after A.S.K. will be S.E.E.K. and one of his proposed questions to answer will be “Will heaven be boring?”
When I was much younger, I felt that way, but as I have gotten older and dug deeply into the Scriptures, I have grown a deeper meaning of the promise in the Luke Scripture above. We desire God and God gives of Himself – not “stuff” that we want, but Himself. The little glimpses of Heaven are when we are showered with God – God Light, God Enthusiasm, God Enlightenment. When we get to be with Jesus in Heaven, we get such a massive adrenaline rush in His presence that it would surely kill us in our mortal bodies if we got it all now. It will be so massive that we could never explain how wonderful it is.
Now back to the original “Your will be done” argument. If we have truly sacrificed our will in favor of God’s will, we would not wish anything else. Thus, we get the full-on wonder of God Himself and it is so infinite that infinite eternity is not enough time to fully experience it. No boredom, because it is what we always desired, once becoming born-again.
Yet, on the other hand, if we rejected God on earth, why would we ever want something that we spent a lifetime rejecting? Under those terms, our will would be done, and we would be cast into the lake of fire, far from the presence of God. To someone who has truly bought totally into Satan’s plan, being near God is the last thing that they would want, and God grants them that wish. Yet, there will be eternal torment and pain. To a believer, it does not make sense, but then to a non-believer, they do not believe in the eternity of torment either.
After looking at both sides from the standpoint of the “Will,” I am left with Pascal’s Wager. Either you die and there is nothing or you die and Heaven and Hell are real. Blaise Pascal wagered in favor of a belief in God, and also a belief in Heaven and Hell. In his view, there was simply no sane reason to take the other school of thought on simply a flip of a coin.
God is real and working in our lives. Heaven and Hell are also real. Accept Jesus into your heart and say, “Lord, your will be done.”
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.