Lord's Prayer 3rd Petition
The Lord’s Prayer
This Week’s Focus:
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
What does this mean?
Answer: The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer. But we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.
How is this done?
Answer: When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will that would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh. Instead, He strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith until we die. This is His gracious and good will.1
Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Romans 8:26-39; 1 Timothy 2:1-10; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 1 Peter 5:6-11
“So far we have prayed that God’s name be honored by us and that His kingdom triumph among us. In these two points is summed up all that deals with God’s honor and our salvation. We receive God as our own and all His riches. But now arises a need that is just as great: we must firmly keep God’s honor and our salvation, and not allow ourselves to be torn from them. In a good government it is not only necessary that there be those who build and govern well. It is also necessary to have those who defend, offer protection, and maintain it firmly. So in God’s kingdom, although we have prayed for the greatest need—for the Gospel, faith, and the Holy Spirit, that He may govern us and redeem us from the devil’s power—we must also pray that God’s will be done. For there will be strange events if we are to abide in God’s will. We shall have to suffer many thrusts and blows on that account from everything that seeks to oppose and prevent the fulfillment of the first two petitions.” Martin Luther; Large Catechism, Lord’s Prayer Petition 3
· We confess that the will of God is that His name be kept holy in word and deed.
· We confess that the will of God is that His Word be taught correctly and that sinners be brought to faith in Christ and lead godly lives.
· We confess that Satan in every way opposes the will of God through temptation to sin, the evil of the sinful world, and our own sinful flesh.
· We pray that God’s will would be done in each of us.
· We confess that God’s will is done is us by faith by which He overcomes temptation, strengthens us by the means of grace, and supports us in all troubles.
1. What is God’s will?
2. How do we know if something is of God or Satan?
3. What else is opposed to God’s will and how are they thwarted?
4. What do we pray for in this Petition?
Pray the Lord’s Prayer