The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Quotes on the Lord’s Prayer – Thy Kingdom come…

See also, Hans Kung on the Kingdom of God.


  • “Prayer is uniting our will with the will of God.  It is not an attempt to get God to do our will.  It is desiring to do what delights God.  It is discovering that what pleases God will ultimately bring us joy as well.  It is following in his footsteps even when he leads where we fear to go.”  James Mulholland, in Praying Like Jesus,  p. 63


  • “The third clause of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intentions of letting any will be done except their own.”  Aldous Huxley in The Perennial Philosophy, p.221


  • “It is because of you,” says God, “that my kingdom cannot come.”   Helmut Thielicke, in Our Heavenly Father, p. 45


  • “For after all, we should not have to pray at all that God’s will be done,  if it were really being done among us, and if we ourselves and the whole world were not living our life in constant boycott of his will.”   Helmut Thielicke, in Our Heavenly Father, p. 70


  • Too often, we are conditioned to think of prayer as asking God for what we want—dear God, give me this, give me that.  But now, in praying that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, we are attempting to school ourselves to want what God wants.  We receive, not what our hearts desire, but rather we become so enthralled with a vision of what God is doing on earth and in heaven, that we forget the story that the world has told us—that we have nothing better to do than to satisfy our desires.          William H. Willimon & Stanley Hauerwas in Lord, Teach Us. p. 66


  • But once we learn to pray for God’s will to become embodied in our lives, we discover how to make decisions, even when the alternatives are ambiguous.  We become proactive rather than reactive, willing to seize the initiative rather than being overwhelmed by circumstances. We decide in the confidence the choices can make a difference, actively shaping the future rather than passively letting the future shape us. William E. Hull, in The Lord’s Prayer, p. 79

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