“Your Kingdom Come”
In His important Sermon on the Mount Jesus identified some of the things that are naturally the focus of our attention, and then gave us this directive,
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)
It is important, both for God and for us, that His kingdom does come right here where we are. In fact these three prayer requests are all about bringing change on the earth.
- Hallowed be Your Name
- Your Kingdom Come
- Your Will be Done
and may all these happen ‘on earth as it is in heaven’
These conditions already exist in heaven, but they are yet to be fully implemented on earth. Other names, kingdoms and wills try to rule down here. However, if God’s glory is to spread throughout the world then the starting point has to be with the ones who pray this prayer – you and me. In praying for these things we are identifying the need in our own lives, as well as in the world around us, and committing ourselves to being the first areas in which God works.
It is important to realise that this initial work of God will take place within us, for that is where the need is greatest. Once the inner transformation is taking place it will, of itself, begin to affect the world in which we live. The Kingdom of God had first to become established within the people of God,
“because the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21)
Until the Second Coming Jesus will seek to reign in and through His people. As His people we have to accept that the battle between good and evil starts within, which is where the first victories need to be won and the glory of God revealed. We are not alone in these battles, God the Holy Spirit is within us and with us. If we allow it He will guide, empower, heal and establish us. The greater freedom that He has within our lives the greater will be the result, for He is God’s ‘conscious presence and enabling grace.’ Through Him we are “clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24
To pray this prayer with integrity we must want God to be glorified in and through and around us, we must want His Kingdom to come fully in the world in which we live, and we must be prepared to be changed and to become agents of change as the Holy Spirit responds. God is not going to make the world a better place so that we can sin more comfortably.
Ask God to help you to truly want His kingdom to come, within you and around you.
Father – Your Kingdom come – on earth (and in me) as it is in heaven.