Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your Kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others. Keep us from temptation and protect us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
From Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story
Jesus said, “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, so the things on earth will be either bound or set free according to what is in heaven.” — Matthew 16:19
Few people are in a hurry to get to Heaven, but we all should be eager to bring Heaven to Earth. Is that even possible? I’ve talked to Christians who don’t think so, but I have to wonder why Jesus said this should be our desire if it’s not a possibility.
The same Holy Spirit who lives in Heaven is available to us on Earth.
Jesus said, “You can be sure your heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” Luke 11:13).
Being in the world, doesn’t mean I must have the world in me, does it? Storms may rage around me, but the Comforter can bring calm within. What’s the proof of that possibility? The apostle Paul describes heavenly behavior, saying that when we live in the Spirit, fleshly desires have no control (Galatians 5:16).
Even being like Jesus could be possible.
Jesus once prayed for his disciples, asking for them to be one just as he was one with the Father (John 17:11, 22). He cannot have been talking about effective social networking. He was speaking from his human perspective, saying the heavenly connection he had with the Father was something his messengers also needed.
The disciples had already felt the power of the Holy Spirit when they preached the Kingdom, delivered people from evil spirits, and healed the sick (Matthew 10:7-8), so Jesus must have been talking about an even greater connection. Perhaps that experience began on the Day of Pentecost. I want some of that.
I’m eager to get to Heaven, but since I have to wait awhile, my prayers express my longing to know the Lord better and become more like him. Then I will have some of Heaven on Earth.