How many times do we recite these words when we say the ‘Our Father’ and how often do we think about what they mean?
To better understand we should ask ourselves the simple question:
What is going on in heaven?
At least then when we say “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” we might have some notion what we are actually asking and maybe see the areas where we are actually being hypocrites by praying one thing and doing another.
In heaven is everyone sitting around drinking champagne?!
Afraid not! Many of the saints like Therese said things like “when I die I will spend my heaven doing good on earth” and well we know it as many of us can testify to so many miracles through the intercession of the saints.
So if the saints in heaven are busy praying and interceding for us and bringing us closer to Jesus, what does this tell us about “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”?
Obviously that God wants us to be like the saints and to bring people to him!
Sounds like hard work?
Well contrary to what people’s limited imaginations conjure up, heaven isn’t a boring place where we all sit about watching God like a tv channel!
And despite the hard work of praying and interceding for us, the saints in heaven also enjoy ample time off where they rejoice and praise God through all sorts of activities like signing and dancing etc.
Heaven is a place of ecstatic energy and movement and excitement! There is no time to be bored!
The difference is that the excitement is with God and that everyone is ecstaticly in love with His majesty and His goodness.
And so today when you pray the ‘Our Father’ or when you hear others praying it, ask yourself the question and if appropriate ask others “do you really mean what you are praying and how are you putting it into practice?”.
Now don’t get worried, we all fall short which is why we have Jesus and the angels and saints praying with us…..
May the Lord change my life and your life today so that we are doing His will on earth as it is in heaven while sharing in His love and joy.
Blessings to all,