I was thinking this morning about the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. In giving this prayer Jesus was teaching his friends (and us) how to pray, and that’s how I’ve always preached this text in the past. But this must also be how he himself prayed regularly. The Lord’s Prayer is probably a good summary of the prayer life of Jesus.
With that in mind, when he prays, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” he isn’t just praying that God will step into our world and intervene supernaturally, but that he would also conform us to be a part of answering that prayer. For Jesus that prayer cost him everything. In Gethsemane he said in an intense moment of prayer, anticipating the crucifixion to come, “Yet not my will but yours be done.”
The example of Jesus reminds me to pray in such a way that I’m not only asking God to conform the world to his will but my own heart as well.