A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 13          August 1, 2002
The Voice of Jesus
What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples to pray using these words?
The False Teaching

The will of God on earth
We have this from Matthew
Heny's Commentary:
3. (Thy kingdom come,) thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven". We pray that God’s kingdom being come, we and others may be brought into obedience to all the laws and ordinances of it. By this let it appear that Christ’s kingdom is come, let God’s will be done; and by this let it appear that it is come as a kingdom of heaven, let it introduce a heaven upon earth.
This is typical of the views of the churchmen throughout the world.  The will of God will be done on earth, and his kingdom will have come, when all men submit to his ordinances and laws so that earth will become like heaven, a realm of peace and plenty, of love without hate.

This teaching is false!
Exposing the Error

Jesus said:
John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me; 
[39] and this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up at the last day.
[40] For this is the will of my Father, that every one who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
Matt.7[21] Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 
Matt.12[50] For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Matt.18[14] So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Declaring the Truth

Paradise on earth is the age old dream of man, so this vision is the will of man. The question is, "What did Jesus mean by 'the will of my Father?'" Note in the center column that this "will" is what he had been sent to earth to do.(v.38) Note also his clear definition of "the will of my Father"(v.40) It points only to eternal life, the Resurrection, and the Last Day.There is no reference to any changes on the earth. Now fast forward to Gethsemane and the agonizing prayer of Jesus:"My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me;nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
Compare this with John 6:38.
Then his prayers continued:
My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, thy will be done. The Greek is genetheto to thelema sou. It is exactly the same in the Lord's Prayer!
Jesus was asking the disciples to pray for him, that he would do what he was sent to do!
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