“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is on heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.
By: Kai Ling, World Vision Singapore
The Lord’s Prayer is something I recite every Sunday during church service.
Every time I verbalise it, I will strive to say it with sincerity from the heart and not treat it as a mere routine recitation. Like in Matthew 6:5 & 7, we should not be like hypocrites or babbling pagans because God looks at our heart. Instead, when we pray, it is to help us overcome our inadequacies and acknowledge our reliance on God.
The Lord’s Prayer is indeed something very powerful. Part of the prayer is about asking God to release His power onto His earth. As a colleague shared, while we focus on God’s big redemptive plan for His people, we also cannot neglect the daily small things that God expects us to carry out. In my colleague’s words – “A small good deed is better than a big intention.” How true! It is through these small steps which can lead to big change in our lives and our community. How we act, speak and respond to daily matters are good reflections of how we are in walking with our Lord.
When we daily focus on God’s Will for ourselves, our families, communities and our world, we can have the hope that God’s Kingdom will come! I guess this is also a way for us to get glimpses of heaven as our lives are transformed into the likeness of Jesus. When this internal transformation occurs, our capacity to give to others, including to the downtrodden and the needy, will increase. We no longer look at ourselves and focus on our own needs, but that of others. This is when the Kingdom comes, in and through our hearts.
Honestly, as a World Vision staff working to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, I do not even know when poverty will end – I know it will not likely happen within my lifetime. In the same way, I may not be around to witness the youth generation in Singapore fully embracing the act of giving to the poor. These two major shifts will certainly be in God’s timing and I am only an instrument of His, using the little resources that I have and hoping that God will maximise them to bring about His kingdom.
But what is amazing and truly humbling to me is that God chooses to work His miracles through His people. Like in the story of the feeding of the five thousand, if the boy did not choose to give up his five loaves and two fish, and if the people did not want to partake in the simple act of passing the food on, how would the five thousand be fed? Only when we trust that God uses the little things which we can offer, would His kingdom come.
In the same way, God can use whatever you have – however little – to build His kingdom on earth right here, and right now. This is what World Vision youths around the world are going to explore in the six weeks of the Live Life Campaign. Join us to learn how to live life in all fullness, giving of our lives to worship God by giving to others.
World Vision Singapore is going to explore in the six weeks of the Live Life Campaign. In particular, we will be exploring how to live life in all fullness, giving of our lives to worship God by giving to others.
So, as we reflect on the Lord’s Prayer, may we continue to humbly ask God to use us and our resources for Him to set the world right!