Praying “Thy will be done” 


Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our debts, As we also have forgiven our debtors; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:9-15) 


St John Cassian, offers the following explanation for one of the petitions in the Lord’s Prayer: 

“The third of the son’s petitions is this, ‘Thy will be done on earth as in heaven’ . . .  this petition can be understood to mean that it is God’s will that all should be saved, in accordance with St Paul’s well-known words: ‘God wills that all should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Timothy 2:4). . . .  Therefore when we say, ‘Thy will be done earth as it is in heaven,’ we are praying: ‘Like those who are in heaven, may all those who are on earth be saved, Father, by the knowledge of thy name.’”   (THE ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM, p 305)