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This earth will be conformed and transformed to the Father’s heart desires. There is freedom in this realization! I am freed and activated to move, to live and be a catalyst for love, goodness, and right-things not based on my faith. I can experience victory even through my faithlessness. I am commissioned and appointed to change this world because I know that this is exactly what Jesus prayed for. When I see a wrong, I am to make it right. When I see someone weak and down trodden, I am to help them up. When I see a pain, I am to do my best to heal it. When I see someone uncared for, I am to love them. When I encounter the hopeless I am not to give them my hope, I offer them the hope of Jesus. In doing these things I know that I have God the Father’s blessing. I am bringing heaven’s realities and making them real in this world. I can have zero doubt that I am in the center of God’s will. I know that I will succeed. How can I know this? Simply because I know that when Jesus prays God the Father listens. Jesus prayed that our Heavenly Father would transform this world and when He did reality changed. Jesus’ statement of faith ensured that this will happen. When I join Jesus in His mission to change the world I become the recipient of Jesus’ prayer. I become part of what Jesus is already doing. I am enveloped into the Heavenly Father’s plan to transform the world. I will make a difference, I will change this world! Oh, but it will not be because of me. It will not be based on my faith. This world will be changed not be because I believed. It will happen because I know Jesus believes it will! It is a certain reality.
Jesus’ faith transforms the unbelievable into reality. Scan the Gospels and you will see time and time again “unbelievable” things that Jesus made real: Jesus turned water into wine, He multiplied two fish and five loaves of bread into enough food to feed thousands, He healed people with incurable diseases, He enabled the cripple to walk, He caused the blind to see, He walked on water, He commanded the storm to cease, He brought the dead back to the living, He forgave sins, He knew what others were thinking in the their hearts, and as the grand finally of His life on earth, when Jesus was brutally killed and buried, He came back to life!!! When Jesus believes it will happen. It will become real. Count on it.

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
Jesus’ prayer
Hope! Hope is what I find in the words of this prayer. Jesus prayed for the Father’s will to “be done” on this “earth as it is in heaven.” I don’t imagine that Jesus’ prayers ever go unanswered. I certainly believe that every word that Jesus prayed God the Father heard. I also believe that when Jesus prays God the Father moves to accomplish it. Maybe it is my belief in the Holy Trinity leads me to this conclusion. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God the Father uniquely cemented and intertwined together as ONE. What does it mean to be one? In Their “oneness” I believe that Jesus prays according to God’s intentions and God works to accomplish what Jesus desires. It has to work that way! That’s what makes them ONE.
So, HOPE is what I find in these simple words “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I am hopeful because I believe that Jesus and the Father have not given up on this world. Jesus believes that everything that God the Father wants to accomplish will indeed be done on this earth. Jesus prays that this world will be conformed to the reality of heaven. Heaven a place where the Father’s will is always accomplished. A place where evil does not rule, where tears are wiped away, where death does not separate, where peace is the norm, where justice is evident, where love is shared, where the brokenhearted are comforted, where the hungry feast, simply put- it is a place that God calls home. Jesus’ prayer leads me to believe that there is yet a ray of hope for this world.
I’ll admit as a believer in Christ it has always been easier to find hope in the next world. “A world of never ending happiness where you can always see the sun day or night.” Living in this dark place I know that you and I have experienced great brokenness, pain, and unjust suffering. The grim realities of life here are inescapable. We should not be surprised by this. Jesus was up front with us when He said, “In this world you will have trouble.” We have all experienced pain. Then if we dare we can choose to pull back the wide lens focus even further to see the greater world around us. There are millions of real people in this world that suffer in such a way that transforms our perspective. Our pains and suffering suddenly become petty or trivial in comparison. Real people are suffering tragically this day! This very moment! They will suffer from the hands of the unjust and the evil, from the harsh realities of life in extreme poverty, from preventable sickness, and malnutrition. This world seems to be drastically, irreparably broken and unraveling at the seams. There seems to be little hope around us. In those rare moments when I allow these pains to penetrate my thick comfortably affluent American skin, I’ll admit I am tempted to cut the cords of this life that hold me here, I want desperately to escape to the next promised world. A place sheltered from these groaning pains. A place where each and every tear will be wiped from drowning eyes. Face to face with the insurmountable influence of evil and the severity of harsh suffering what can we do? How can anyone have the hope that things will ever be better? My faith falters and withers away when exposed to the broken depravity in this world.
How then can anyone have hope? How can anyone find hope in these dire times? Especially when faith deserts me. When I feel dried and wearied. But Jesus told us not to give up. He told us to “take heart.” Where can we find hope to believe in? Hope can not be found in the smallness of my faith. If my faith was all that I had I would certainly be a lost soul to be pitied above all. If I look deep inside I do find hope dwelling there. A hope that is real. It wells up within me not from my faith, hope springs from the Faith of Jesus. The dark world will not be transformed through my weak belief, these mountains will not be moved to the sea on the merits of my “mustard seed” of faith- Oh, but they will be moved, indeed evil will be vanquished, the light will sear this vile darkness in spite of me and thank God, not dependent on me. These dreams will become reality! Why? Because Jesus has faith! Jesus prayed, Jesus believed, and as a result it will happen! This earth will be conformed and transformed to the Father’s heart desires.