At last Monday evening prayer, I spoke the words, "God, we want Your will to be done." Immediately, my mind recalled the Lord's Prayer and the words, "Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." The thought that struck me was this - if the will of God was "done" in heaven, what was necessary to complete it? From there I began to ponder how there was a time when heaven was occupied with rebellion, insubordination, pride, arrogance, and even prejudice, but it was "kicked out" of heaven to make the will of God complete. Therefore, if we want the will of God "on earth" as it is in heaven, then we must "kick out" rebellion, prejudice, etc. Now before you jump ahead and crucify me, let me say I realize we are not perfect and will never achieve eliminating all bad behavior from the earth. But, as we have been told we are dust and will return to dust, we must begin cleaning house in our personal "earth" to achieve the Lord's will. I have heard many different interpretations of the Lord's Prayer, but I don't recall having heard anyone present this idea. I have often been asked how does one know when they are in the will of God? Now, I think I have an answer. You will never be wholly in His will if your life contains rebellion, insubordination, pride, arrogance, and prejudice. Truly, I want to submit to the Lord and have His will done in my life.
P.S. I will be speaking/singing in San Diego tonight and may not be able to respond to your comments until late Saturday.