Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 “The Monkey’s Paw”

“Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

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Good Morning and Blessed Day Everyone!!

There’s a phrase which actually originated with a book written by W.W. Jacobs at the beginning of the 20th century called “The Monkey’s Paw”.  The book is , in fact, a horror story about a man who is given a monkey’s paw that has the power to grant three wishes. The opening line of the book intriguingly offers this ominous warning: “Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.”  In the story, each one of the wishes is granted the finder of this dubious treasure, but with unexpected, dire consequences.

Similarly, in a movie called “The Candidate”, starring Robert Redford, the actor plays an idealistic, but naive young politician named Bill McCay who is chosen to run for senator in California with little hope of winning the race. As the campaign progresses, he becomes more politically savvy, but also more jaded, due to the advice of his campaign manager and associates, and despite expectations to the contrary, he wins the race. The last line of the film expresses the price of this unexpected success succinctly and poignantly, as he looks at his jubilant campaign manager with a bemused expression and says, “Now what do we do?”. He has no clue as to how to be an effective senator!

“Be careful what you wish for…you just might get it.”

When Jesus teaches us to pray “Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven”, and we actually do utter that prayer, it should be done not in any ritualistic sense or as some sort of “wish expectation”, but with a full understanding of the staggering implications of what it is we are petitioning of God to do. As we pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, we are submitting our will to His perfect will. We are setting aside our personal agenda for His desire. We are acknowledging His total Lordship over every aspect of our lives. There is no question that the will of God is done in heaven. Since we have been given free agency to make decisions for ourselves, the prayer becomes an act of submission of that freedom and an acknowledgement of the Lord’s authority in our lives. It should be done reverently, willingly, and confidently. That’s why it’s so important that we develop a personal relationship with God. There is a significant difference between knowing of God and truly knowing God. For example, I know of the president, but I don’t know the president. I can identify him in a picture, but I am not , nor likely ever will enjoy a personal relationship with him. On the other hand, God has made it possible to know Him personally…even desires such a relationship. It is nurtured through the practice of prayer. When you pray “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, understand what you are praying, because you just might get what you’re wishing for. Oswald Chambers observed,

If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then He will give them, but that is not the end of prayer. The end of prayer is that I come to know God Himself. –  Let’s pray!

Thy will be done, Lord…on earth as it is in heaven…in my heart as it is in the heart of every true follower…in my life as it is in the life of Your Beloved Son. Thy will be done in me today, I pray, in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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