The most important part of God’s kingdom lies in His will being done.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
God is glorified in His kingdom over which He rules. So the second petition, Thy kingdom come, is the way to fulfill the first petition, Hallowed be Thy name. It follows that the third petition is the way to fulfill the second.
Two Aspects of God’s Will
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Deut. 29: 29
The secret things
“The secret things” are God’s Eternal Plan, His Providence, His “decretive” will.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. . .
Eph. 1: 11
Everything that happens is the manifestation of the will, or plan, of God.
Once upon a time a young boy went to visit his grandparents who had an apple orchard. One morning, the boy awoke and saw a bird building her next in a pile of branches. All day she labored on that nest.
Then when Grandpa came in from tending the trees, he saw the nest and went over to the pile of branches and destroyed the nest, shredding it and scattering the leaves and twigs all over the yard.
The boy was shocked. Why would his grandfather do such a cruel thing? But he was hesitant to ask.
The next day was a repeat. The bird labored all day, and Grandfather came in, inspected the pile and then destroyed the nest.
The following day, the bird did not come back.
When Grandpa came in for dinner, the little boy ran to him with tears in his eyes:
“Grandpa, why did you destroy the bird’s nest, not once, but twice? And now she is gone! How could you be so mean?”
The wise and patient grandfather pulled the crying child onto his lap and said:
“Son, that pile of branches was going to be burned. If I had allowed the bird to build there, her family would have died in the fire. I had to make sure that didn't happen.”
We can't always know the “secret things” of God. But we must always trust that whatever they are, they are for the glory of His holy name.
For this reason, we must resist the temptation to know the future. Fortune-telling, horoscopes, séances are all forbidden in the Bible.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Matt. 24: 36
I don't know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.
those things which are revealed belong to us
The “revealed” will of God is our infallible rule of faith and life. It provides us with all we need to know in order to please God.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
II Tim. 3: 16-17
Have you ever seen a miner’s helmet? It has a light on it. When the miner descends into the earth, that light shines a beam about 10 feet in front of the miner. It doesn't show him everything, but if he walks in the light he has, he can get the job done.
We can't see everything God has planned, but He has revealed enough for us in His Word, the Bible, that if we are obedient, “walk in that light,” we can get our work done, too.
So in this petition, we are asking God to make us willing and able to do that which He has revealed to us and trust the results to Him.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Rom. 8: 28
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
1. The third petition is really a means to an end. What is that end?
2. What is meant by the will of God?
3. What are the “secret things” referred to in Deut. 29: 29?
4. From the same verse, what are “those things which are revealed?”
5. What are we to pray with respect to the “secret things?” What are we to pray for with respect to the “things which are revealed?”
6. What are some of the erroneous methods of seeking to know God’s will?