Matthew 6:10 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 6:10, NIV: your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10, ESV: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10, KJV: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10, NASB: Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10, NLT: May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10, CSB: Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What does Matthew 6:10 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus is teaching His followers how to pray to the Father by modeling a prayer for them (Matthew 6:9–13). This has become known the world over as the Lord's Prayer. Even many unbelievers are familiar with this prayer and find it comforting or meaningful to recite in times of crisis. While there's nothing wrong with that, necessarily, Jesus primarily meant these words as a blueprint. This passage is not a magic spell, or a mandatory chant: it's something on which Christians can model their own prayers (Matthew 6:5–8).

Christ now models the importance of submission to God's will, and speaking to Him in a way which acknowledges it. Praying for what God wants to happen is to accept that His plan is right and good for everyone. Jesus implies that this includes all possible times and places. He is praying for the coming of God's kingdom and the fulfillment of His will, in all places and all times. To pray this in sincerity is to ask God for the very thing Jesus was going to accomplish: bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth at some point in the future.