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A Welcome Invasion

July 19, 2016

“May Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).





Whether it’s from an army, a thief, a virus, or heaven itself, invasion is never pleasant.


The above portion of our Lord’s Prayer has been greatly misunderstood as a rosy prayer for God to make earth more heavenly, but Jesus’ application of the Lord’s Prayer offers a more realistic perspective.


In the dark of night and with darkness looming, it happened on the eve of His crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane. There, Jesus echoed His model prayer—“Your will be done” (Matthew 26:42).


Those agonizing words.


“Your will be done” is a prayer for invasion. It is not a fanciful prayer for a heavenly life, but a gut-wrenching prayer that God’s will be performed in my life, no matter the cost to my personal comfort.


Heaven is a comfortable place to go, but there’s nothing comfortable about heaven coming to me.


Are you willing to surrender to heaven’s invasion?


Sure, you could resist.


But of all the things in life you could resist—temptation, fear, addiction, evil—do you really want to add your heavenly Father to that list?


Jesus surrendered His body at Golgotha only because He first surrendered His will in the Garden. Three times He prayed that agonizing prayer. He pleaded until it was clear there was no other way, until the Father’s will became His own, and until heaven’s invasion became complete.


How different would life be if we all stopped resisting? How might “Your will be done” affect our marriages, our children, our churches, and our world, if only we had the courage to pray it sincerely?


“Your will be done” is a painful prayer, but it’s also a necessary prayer.


Because the heart that heaven invades, it also occupies.



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