Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.Matthew 6:10
Praying for God’s will to be done on earth is an effective – aggressive prayer.
Often, as believers, we assume that somehow everything that happens is God’s will. But that is NOT true. Lives destroyed by acts of terror, mass killings, families broken by adultery are NOT God’s will. Children and adults ravaged by abuse or crippled by disease are NOT God’s will. God may use such circumstances and situations to accomplish His own purpose (see Romans 8:28) but they are NOT God’s desire and they are certainly NOT God’s doing.
In due time God will destroy all evil and fulfill His perfect will (Revelation 20:10-14) but until that happens we must pray for His will to be done on earth, in our world, our country, our lives and the lives of our loved ones. We can’t afford to be passive or indifferent in prayer. We must learn to pray effectively, and we must pray aggressively, in line with God’s Word and not lose heart.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged.Luke 18.1
The Lord himself understood the urgency of aggressively praying for God’s will to be done.
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.Luke 22:41-42
We all know how that prayer turned out!
Of course, we also know that God’s plan for us is not exactly the same plan He had for His Son. But–God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of His children. [ See Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 57:2, Proverbs 19:21, Psalm 138.8, Proverbs 20.5 and Ephesians 1.5 ]
When we truly pray for God’s will to be done, when we are honest with God and with ourselves, we are aggressively pursuing His will for our own life and rebelling against the will of the enemy, his evil world system and everything else that is at odds with God’s plan.
“How can I know God’s will?” you may ask.
The short answer…Read God’s Word, and ask His Spirit to give you wisdom as you read.