Bishop Reubon Job writes of the founders of Methodism, “Charles Wesley’s hymns always begin on earth and end in heaven. So it also is with John Wesley’s theology.” This journey from earth to heaven is one that we will all make some day but there are many opportunities for us to bridge the gap between the earthly kingdom and God’s heavenly kingdom in the here and now. In all aspects of our prayer lives I hope that we are praying thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We ought to employ this ‘journey’ in our prayer lives as we begin with the reality of where we are and what’s going on in the earthly sense and invite God’s grace to transform it into a heavenly reflection of God’s kingdom. In Revelation 21, John of Patmos writes,
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away… See I am making all things new.”
Let us pray for that! I invite you, in your prayer lives, to pray in the circumstances of where you are in life and to end your prayers with an invitation for God to transform it into something heavenly. God, take this world and make it yours… thy will be done. Amen.