By Miki Maynard
On The Earth as It Is in Heaven
Lately the phrase “on the earth as it is in heaven,” has been on my heart. I realized that this is something that the Lord is impressing upon me to pray. I know it is something in a matter of prayer for believers quite often, but I feel a specific highlight to this currently.
Our Lord prayed this when the disciples asked him how they were supposed to pray. He opens with exalting the Father and recognizing that He is holy. In what we call The Lord’s Prayer, Yahshua gives us this very intentional guidance on what is possible in our lives.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 AMP
The Kingdom and His Will in My Heart Practically
At first when I went to investigate the verses that address this quite amazing idea of the kingdom being released upon the earth, I was initially only thinking of signs, miracles, and wonders pertain to “on earth as it is in heaven.” When I read the prayer the Lord gives us, I find the context contains very practical details of how I should behave in my life and how I should maintain the places in my heart and attitudes in how I treat people.
I am not perfect, and I know that people have needed to forgive me for something I had done or said. I didn’t know the situation and what was going on in their life. Jesus even sees this in those who crucified him. He asks the Father to forgive them because, “they do not know what they are doing.” When I realized what I did was wrong, I asked for forgiveness. We need to remember to be willing to say we did something wrong and show respect to others.
I’ve also noticed that sometimes people will react to me negatively, not because of what I have done, but because of their own personal struggle at the time. They might be dealing with some difficult things in their life so getting through some events or responsibilities in their day is more than they can handle. It’s my job to extend some grace and not take it personally.
The shaking that has been taking place currently in the world has caused a lot of pressure in my life recently. I have seen some yuk come out of me that I thought I dealt with years ago. I had to repent and ask for the Lord to write His word on my heart and give me a right spirit in these areas.
I realize forgiveness is something that I must extend to others as well. If someone does something to me that causes me pain, I am tempted to hold a grudge. Jesus specifically guides us in this prayer that we are “not to be led into temptation.” I know temptation can include many things, but I understand that it can include becoming offended to the point of refusing to honestly work through the process of choosing to extend forgiveness so that love can prosper, and relationships can heal.
In verse 12 of Matthew 6 of what we call The Lord’s Prayer, Yahshua says, “And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.”
The Amplified Bible explains that this means letting go of both the “wrong” and the “resentment.” When I am wronged, it is hard to let it go. I think Jesus knew exactly what He was talking about. When I dwell on what was done to me resentment builds up and it hinders me. It literally disables good things in my heart, and it prevents productivity in my life. It also makes it hard for me to love others. Sometimes, I have seen it could potentially affect how I love those who haven’t done anything wrong to me at all. (See loving one another in Galatians 6:2, 5:14, and John 13:33-35)
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
THIS is in the context of His kingdom coming and His will being done on earth as it is in heaven? It’s easier to discuss the topic of miracles, and we should have them in our thoughts and expectations, because Yahweh is THE Miracle Worker. The truth is, the issues of my heart and how I treat people is more important than outward miracles. The condition of my heart before the Lord is of upmost importance in manifesting His will and His Kingdom in my life. IT IS what IS manifesting what He wants in my life. It IS the work of the kingdom.
The Kingdom and His Will in Life Supernaturally
It’s much more enjoyable to talk about the supernatural manifestations of the work of the Holy Spirit. I feel it is first most important to be in the proper place before the Lord in matters of forgiveness, loving one another, and issues of the heart. The Fruits of the Spirit are essential to abiding with Christ and they are essential in how I treat people and the attitude I have.
“On the earth as it is in heaven” is burning in my heart, and I understand that while the Lord wants to do a work on the inside of my heart, He wants also to do a work in my life, so it is released into other’s lives.
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have [already] been loosed in heaven. Matthew 18:18 AMP
Jesus was explaining to the disciples how to maintain their hearts, but that doesn’t stop Him from training them for great works. He explains the authority He has provided and how they were to use this authority. In this verse the meaning of “you bind” is very interesting to me.
Verb – Aorist Subjunctive Active – 2nd Person Plural
Strong’s 1210: To bind, tie, fasten; I impel, compel; I declare to be prohibited and unlawful. A primary verb; to bind.
The Amplified Bible says to bind is to “forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful.” It also says that to loose is to “permit, declare lawful.”
There is a lot more on binding and loosing. The idea is that the Lord is doing great things and I need to apply His guidance and be sensitive in my prayer life and speak forth what needs to be bound and what needs to be loosed. He has provided this for me. What is in heaven is to be released on the earth. It is part of my job to bind and loose even more so now while so many things are shaking and happening in the world today.
As I allow Him to mold my heart and learn to grasp the fullness of what is in His heart, it will become reality to say, “on the earth as it is in heaven.”
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize].
Matthew 11:12 AMP