Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done

In Matthew 6:10 we learn to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” After revering God for who he is and what he has done in Matthew 6:8, this part of our prayer aligns us with God’s work in our world.

The big story of the Bible is that God created the world and humans and we rebelled against him. Because of our rebellion we were given over to our desires and our ways of doing things contrary to God’s ways. Furthermore, little did we know we had actually come under the reign of Satan. But because God is merciful, gracious, and loving he had a plan to redeem us and or world from its fallen state. From Genesis 4 on the Bible teaches us of the story of God’s plan to redeem the world through his son Christ. God begins to create a people for himself, Israel, that are to show the world what it looks like to live as God’s people, citizens of the coming kingdom of God. But God’s people have a problem. They still have a sin debt against God and need to have a heart change if they are truly going to be his people. God then comes to Earth as the God-Man Jesus and pays our sin debt against God. Those that believe in him are given new hearts that actually beat for God’s things and they begin to live as citizens of this coming kingdom. Revelation 11:15 pictures the culmination of God’s kingdom coming to earth when it says, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

Christ the King Catholic Church (Los Angeles, Calif.)
When we pray for God’s kingdom to come we are heeding the day when all things will be submitted to Christ and he will reign perfectly in our world. When Jesus comes and his reign is secured, he will vanquish all evil, make ever right wrong, and rule in righteousness. Death and sickness will be no more and it will be good day that will last forever. That makes me want to say with John in Revelation 22:20, “Come, Lord Jesus!” That is exactly what we are praying here. I was also reminded this week that we often think about the coming of the kingdom of God and the return of Christ as the end, but this is just the beginning of God’s eternal reign that we get to be a part of if we know him. That is exciting.

Praying for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done should lead us to a couple of responses. First, if we are not already, we should seek to become a citizen of the kingdom. We do that by confessing Jesus as our Lord and savior. Our coming to Christ is an act of submission to God. We put down our rebellion against him and give ourselves wholly to him. Then we seek to learn to walk and grow in his ways so that we begin to look like the citizen of his kingdom we have become. The Christian walk is then one of repentance as we give every part of our life back over to the rule of Christ. During our quarantine in this pandemic it is good for us to consider the areas of our life that we are keeping to ourselves. Let us ask God to reign even in those dark corners of our life as we prepare for Christ to return.

Second, we seek to tell others and bring them into the kingdom. God’s kingdom is coming and those that are opposed to it when he arrives will face judgment. It is our job as kingdom citizens here and now to lead others to salvation in Christ, to help them become a part of the coming kingdom. In the midst of this quarantine and earthquake (in SLC) I have already heard many stories of people wanting to know more about what it means to follow Christ. And God’s people are being faithful to share the Gospel! I have also rejoiced over many stories I have heard of people coming to Christ, now new citizens in the kingdom of God.

Finally, as we pray for God’s kingdom to come in this uncertain time we can take comfort that God is on his throne and is moving the world to his ends. His will is being accomplished in heaven and we are praying that it will be accomplished in our world. The things we are experiencing now are just the birth pains of the coming kingdom God on the earth. These events are not out of control, but rather part of God’s plan as he transforms our world into the kingdom of Christ. The question is, “Are you a part of the kingdom?”

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