Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Pleasure of God on Earth

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
This line is, of course, from the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus authorized us to pray. It is in the imperative mood; that is, it is a command: Will of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The Greek word for “will” has a semantic range which includes these meanings: determination, choice, purpose, inclination, decree, pleasure, desire, will.

So we might also pray this way:
  • Determination of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Choice of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Purpose of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Inclination of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Decree of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Pleasure of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Desire of God, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
We are authorized to announce God’s determinations and choices, to articulate His purposes, manifest His inclinations, and declare His decrees. To us is given the joy of calling for His pleasure and desire to be fulfilled on earth as they are in heaven.