Kingdom Come

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

Words and actions are sure indicators of a person’s priorities. In Jesus’ case, His priority was announcing (His actions) the kingdom of heaven (His words) (Matthew 3:2; 4:17). What exactly did Jesus mean by announcing that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand”? And why did He teach His disciples to pray that God’s kingdom and will would be manifest on earth?

Though there will one day be a geographic dimension to the kingdom of God on earth (Revelation 21:14-21), geography does not define the kingdom of God. Jesus drew a parallel in Matthew 6:10 between God’s kingdom and God’s will—they mean the same thing. The kingdom of God is a matter of authority, a matter of God’s will being embraced and obeyed. Jesus told a parable of a nobleman who went to “a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return” (Luke 19:11-12). What the man received was not land but the right to rule in his home country. So, when Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come, He meant for God’s authority and rule to be welcomed “on earth as it is in heaven.”

We can be part of the answer to that prayer today by embracing and obeying God’s will for our life.

Before we can pray, “Lord, Thy kingdom come,” we must be willing to pray, “My kingdom go.” Alan Redpath

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