Lord's Prayer: IV. Ambition

Contributor: Alan Allegra. Lesson ID: 10872

When praying, do you just ask for what you want or what God wants? Want heaven on earth? Then ask God for it! Read a choice article and study verses alone and by topic about praying for God's will!

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"Lord willing, we will see you tomorrow." Have you ever said something to that effect? How true is it? How concerned are you about the will of God for your life?

What is your ambition in life?

What do you want to accomplish and why? Have you ever considered what God might have to say about it? Let's study what Jesus said about prayer and the will of God.

  1. Ambition: "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" expresses our desire that the perfect will of God be done on earth.
    1. God's Will Becoming Our Will: "Your will be done." We must discover and accept and desire God's will above our own. After all, He knows best! "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9).
      1. Man's will contradicts God's will; Man's desires are not always God's desires (Genesis 3:6; Isaiah 55:7–9; Luke 9:52–56, 22:42; Matthew 22:3, 23:37; Acts 21:10–14).
      2. God's will counteracts man's will; God can take our actions and override them for His purposes (Genesis 50:20; Acts 2:23-24; Romans 8:28).
    2. God's Will Covering Our World: "On earth as it is in heaven." This indicates that God's will is not being done on earth.
      1. Man's will is rebellion: The whole world is under the influence of the evil one (Genesis 6:5, 8:21; Exodus 23:20–22; Deuteronomy 9:24; Acts 7:51; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:9–18; 1 John 5:19). Mankind tends to disobey and rebel against God.
      2. God's will is rebellion: God's will is viewed as rebellion against the world's way of seeing, thinking, and acting. We are called to battle the world, not be resigned to it (Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 1: 9–14; Ephesians 6:10–19). "With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you" (1 Peter 4:4). When a person becomes a Christian, he or she "rebels" against a sinful world's way of thinking and doing.

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