“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” – Q&A #1

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Enable us to know, — as in heaven, so on earth, — God is omnipotent, supreme.

Question: What does “thy will be done” mean?

Answer: If God’s kingdom is here, then His rules and laws would govern those who live here in His kingdom. We pray daily to see God’s will in action. The word will means a strong and fixed
purpose. God’s will is His purpose, or plan, for His creation.

“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” (Isa. 14:24)

Jesus taught that there is a connection between doing God’s will and experiencing the kingdom of heaven that we have learned about previously:

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21)

Starting off our day with the prayerful affirmation that God’s “will be done,” will help us yield our human will — our own personal wishes — to God’s plan for us. We need to learn to tell the
difference. Human will is something we need to guard against, and we will learn more about it in another lesson.

Our goal is to bring our thinking and actions in line with God’s will, and to see His will being done throughout the universe. As Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The scientific unity which exists between God and man must be wrought out in life-practice,
and God’s will must be universally done.” (S&H 202:3)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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