Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray that Heaven come to earth. In order to understand what this might look like—what are we actually praying?—we need to understand what Heaven is like. Last week we took a detailed look at what the Bible tells us about Heaven, and now we ask, What is Heaven like?
- Pain will be no more; God delights in His children (Isaiah 65:17-25)
- Sin and decay cease to exist (Romans 6:9-11)
- Heaven is a place of freedom and safety (Romans 8:18-21; 2 Timothy 4:18)
- All things are under Christ + we will be made glorious (Philippians 3:20-21)
Even the prayer itself, and much that we learn from the rest of Scripture (i.e. we can know God’s will, we can know the deep thoughts of God, etc.), makes it clear that we should be asking God for His presence to reign in our hearts and minds. This leads us to behave in accordance to His will, just as His perfect will is carried out in Heaven, just as He is the King of all things in Heaven. As we look to Jesus, He will allow us to be instruments for His kingdom, and He invites us to be a part of all things being redeemed to Him.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also….Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do. (John 14:2-3)