9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Jesus taught us to pray from a posture of, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done [Matthew 6:10]. With that mindset, we don’t shy away from praying and bringing our whole heart before God. But we also maintain humility through trusting and declaring that we accept and believe that God’s will is the best plan for our lives. We surrender our agenda and submit to Him because we believe His plan is perfectly loving and righteous.
With our hearts open and our minds focused, we can unashamedly ask for His kingdom to come. We can petition for Him to move and act and bring change to the world around us, while in the same breath we simultaneously choose to trust His perfect will to be done. For as long as we have breath, there is more work to be done in this life for the glory of God, and our prayers are a powerful weapon to bring such change. We can pray God’s glory and restoration will come powerfully through the Church, and that His perfect love and peace would prevail on earth, just as it already does in heaven.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, our prayers can impact individuals, communities, and even the nations. Take time to pray today for something or someone that has been consistently on your heart and mind. Pray with an expectation of God’s will, as it is in Heaven, to be done here on earth, invading the very petition you’ve brought before Him.