Matthew 6:9 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
What are we praying when we pray, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."? We are asking the Lord God to establish His sovereign rule among the people of the earth. We are asking that God's will would be established among people. Romans 12:2 instructs us that God's will is good, pleasing and perfect (synonyms: satisfying, gratifying and complete). Romans 14:17 teaches us that God's kingdom, His sovereign rule, is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. When God rules among people and establishes His will among people it is a great place to live.
Think of your life ruled by God and established in His will. Your life would be filled with righteousness, peace and joy and be satisfying, gratifying, and complete. Think of a family ruled by God and established in His will. The family would be a great place to live, characterized by righteousness, peace and joy. The family would be enjoying satisfaction, gratification, and completeness. If God's rule and will was established in our local community, state and nation, we would be blessed. Psalm 33:12 tells us, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Proverbs 14:34 informs us, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
What happens when we pray this prayer daily? We will over time see ourselves being transformed by the Lord. We will see our homes change. We will see God's rule and will become more established in our communities, states and nation. This prayer is God's will for us to pray. When we pray God's will we know God hears us and we have what we ask (1 John 5:14-15). Begin praying today and don't quit.