Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven
Jesus prayed for real change to occur in this world and he modelled a lifestyle that demonstrated this commitment in practical ways, bringing healing to people relationally, physically, psychologically and spiritually. The Lord's Prayer isn't about preparing us for the rapture, but it is about inspiring us to live today in ways that will change the world for the better.
I realise now that I've too often fallen into the trap of reading this prayer passively as if it were just a plea to make us more holy until God comes and fixes everything up. I now see this as a radical call to discipleship and Kingdom building activity that continues Jesus work to bring healing and wholeness into brokenness and despair. How can we pray for God to give us our daily bread if we're not prepared to share it with our neighbours? This is exactly the reciprocity made explicit in the lines about forgiveness. Jesus knows that heaven doesn't need our prayers, but there is still some work to be done on earth before it aligns with God's love, compassion and justice.