The Lord’s Prayer

When his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray Jesus answered by teaching them what is now known as the Lord's Prayer recorded in Mathew 6:9-13.

"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen".

In this prayer Jesus taught one of the fundamental principles of the Kingdom of God. GOD'S WILL MUST BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Many times I have heard some South Sudanese politicians asking church leaders to pray for peace in our Country but they don't change what they have been doing which is what caused the war in the first place. So what they are really asking Church leaders to do is to pray that their (politicians) will be done in heaven as it is on earth (South Sudan). What these Politicians don,t know is that God is not interested in anybody's will being done in heaven or even on earth. God wants his will to be done on earth (South Sudan) as it is in heaven. Failure to do that will results in a disaster like the one we currently have in South Sudan.

The solution therefore is for all of us, including politicians to repent and ask God for forgiveness and do his will on earth (South Sudan) as it is heaven. So what is God’s will? God's will is stated in the great commandment which is a summary of the Ten Commandments and the teaching of the prophets.

Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”