The Lord’s Prayer was the subject of the second day of my spiritual retreat. It is the most powerful prayer we can pray when we understand the meaning of each phrase held within.
The Lord’s Prayer, is the most powerful of any prayer, and this phrase is especially important. The full phrase is: “May Thy Will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” This means, that if we want to return to Heaven, we have to be willing to accept God’s Will over our own. Jesus demonstrated this when He said:
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
Additionally, this phase gives us insight into the Love of God. God created this world with amazing diversity of life, as it is in Heaven. God loves this infinite diversity and if we want to become more like Him, we have to love diversity also. The is what Jesus was pointing to when He said:
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5:44–48)
God has no enemies, He loves all of His creation that He gave to Jesus. (John 3:35) He even loves the Prodigal Son – Lucifer, who squandered his inheritance, became the Adversary (Satan) and instigated the Fall of 1/3 of His creation. (Rev 12:7–9)
When we ask God for His Will to be done on Earth, we are asking to be like Him and to have tolerance and forgiveness for all those around us that cause us harm or we do not agree with. God made them all, and He loves them, and so should we.