I memorized a prayer I’m afraid to speak aloud. It calls for mutiny against myself.
It goes like this: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).
Paul David Tripp writes, “‘Your kingdom come’ is a dangerous prayer, for it means the death of your sovereignty.”
Not being in control is terrifying to our sinful flesh. We want what we want when we want it, how we want it, where we want it. We want the right house in the right neighborhood next to the right school.
But for believers, a tension exists between our flesh and the Spirit inside us. The Spirit desires God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, while our flesh seeks to establish our own kingdom and sovereignty.
We are to be imitators of Christ, who demonstrated perfectly how to lay aside his own will and desire the will of his Father.