Thy will be done] This petition is properly added to the
preceding; for when the kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy,
in the Holy Spirit, is established in the heart, there is then an
ample provision made for the fulfilment of the Divine will.
The will of God is infinitely good, wise, and holy; to have it
fulfilled in and among men, is to have infinite goodness, wisdom,
and holiness diffused throughout the universe; and earth made the
counterpart of heaven.
As it is in heaven.] The Jews maintained, that they were the
angels of God upon earth, as these pure spirits were angels of God
in heaven; hence they said, "As the angels sanctify the Divine
name in heaven, so the Israelites sanctify the Divine name, upon
earth." See Schoettgen.
Observe, 1st. The salvation of the soul is the result of two
wills conjoined: the will of God, and the will of man. If God
will not the salvation of man, he cannot be saved: If, man will
not the salvation God has prepared for him, he cannot be delivered
from his sins. 2dly. This petition certainly points out a
deliverance from all sin; for nothing that is unholy can consist
with the Divine will, and if this be fulfilled in man, surely sin
shall be banished from his soul. 3dly. This is farther evident
from these words, as it is in heaven; i.e. as the angels do it:
viz. with all zeal, diligence, love, delight, and perseverance.
4thly. Does not the petition plainly imply, we may live without
sinning against God? Surely the holy angels never mingle
iniquity with their loving obedience; and as our Lord teaches us
to pray, that we do his will here as they do it in heaven, can it
be thought he would put a petition in our mouths, the fulfilment
of which was impossible? 5thly. This certainly destroys the
assertion: "There is no such state of purification, to be attained
here, in which it may be said, the soul is redeemed from sinful
passions and desires;" for it is on EARTH that we are commanded to
pray that this will, which is our sanctification, may be done.
6thly. Our souls can never be truly happy, till our WILLS be
entirely subjected to, and become one with, the will of God.
7thly. How can any person offer this petition to his Maker, who
thinks of nothing less than the performance of the will of God,
and of nothing more than doing his own?
Some see the mystery of the Trinity in the three preceding
petitions. The first being, addressed to the Father, as the
source of all holiness. The second, to the Son, who establishes
the kingdom of God upon earth. The third, to the Holy Spirit, who
by his energy works in men to will and to perform.
To offer these three petitions with success at the throne of
God, three graces, essential to our salvation, must be brought
into exercise; and, indeed, the petitions themselves necessarily
FAITH, Our Father-for he that cometh to God, must
believe that he is.
HOPE, Thy kingdom come-For this grace has for its object good
things to come.
LOVE, Thy will be done-For love is the incentive to and
principle of all obedience to God, and beneficence to man.
Source: Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible