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

God knows what will best minister to His gracious designs. He ordains all things according to the counsel of His will and that counsel never errs. Let us adoringly consent that it shall be so, desiring no alterations. That will may cost us dear. Let our minds be wholly submissive to the mind of God. It may bring bereavement, sickness, loss; but let us learn to say, “He is the Lord: let him do what is good in His eyes” (!Samuel 3:18). He who taught us this prayer used it in the most unrestricted sense. When the bloody sweat stood on His face and all fear and trembling of man in anguish were upon Him, He did not dispute the decree of the Father but bowed His head and cried, “Not my will, but yours be done.” If the prayer had not been dictated by our Lord Jesus we might think it too bold. Our divine Instructor would not teach us to pray for impossibilities. He puts such petitions into our mouths as can be heard and answered. Yet it is a great prayer. It has the hue of the infinite about it. Can earth be tuned to the harmonies of heaven? It can be and must be, for he who taught us this prayer did not mock us with vain words. It is a brave prayer that only faith born of heaven can utter.

Adapted from “In His Presence” (Spurgeon)