YOUR KINGDOM COME
PRAY FOR GOD’S SOVEREIGN RULE NOW
Just the mention of God’s kingdom and God’s will can bring about a variety of thoughts and emotions. Many Christians view God’s kingdom as a distant, future reality and God’s will as something we search for spend our lives chasing. But, Jesus doesn’t present these concepts in such elusive ways.
The kingdom of God is simply the rule and reign of God. It is the reality that God, as the Sovereign over all things, has broken into our world with his redemptive authority, in order to establish his rule and restore things to the way they ought to be. When Jesus began his earthly ministry, this is the message he proclaimed (Matthew 4:23). Jesus has inaugurated his kingdom. He is reigning now. And, his kingdom will be fully realized when he returns again to judge sin and redeem those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:28).
This petition in the Lord’s prayer is twofold: First, it is a request for the authority of God to take a tighter grip on our hearts and lives right now. Second, it is a request for the fullness of God’s kingdom to finally come in an ultimate and complete sense.
As God’s children, our heart’s desire should be to reflect the character of our Heavenly Father. Everywhere we turn, we are confronted with the reality that this world is in desperate need of the restoration that will come God’s kingdom. As people who have been commissioned to declare and demonstrate the redemptive realities of his kingdom, this petition reminds us where our hope is found. What this world needs is not for our own kingdoms to flourish or for our own wills and desires to be obeyed. We need the kingdom and will of God to become a reality in this broken world.
As we pray this prayer, we should be reminded of the futility of our own kingdoms. This prayer should lift our eyes to the greater realities and greater needs that only God can fulfill. Our only hope is in God’s kingdom and will be coming to full fruition. This is a reality that our hearts should long to see.
“When we pray, ‘Thy kingdom come,’ are we praying for heaven to come to earth? In a sense we are praying for this; but heaven is an object of desire only because the reign of God is to be more perfectly realized than it is now. Apart from the reign of God, heaven is meaningless. Therefore, what we pray for is, ‘Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ This prayer is a petition for God to reign, to manifest his kingly sovereignty and power, to put to flight every enemy of righteousness and of His divine rule, that God alone may be King over all the world.”-Ladd, E. George, The Gospel of the Kingdom
READ LUKE 11:1-13 FOCUSING ON VERSE 2c
Take some time to pray that God’s kingdom would be a greater reality in your world. Begin by praying for yourself—if the kingdom of God does not reign in your own life and your soul is not being nourished through communion with God, then you can’t pray for anyone else.
Richard Lovelace says, “The most crucial battle for the kingdom is won every time a human being repents, believes, and submits to the lordship of the Messiah, becoming a new center of the reordering of life on earth as it is in heaven. Repentance is the most dynamic inrush of the kingdom in ordinary history. When we repent we enter the kingdom, and the kingdom enters history in a little larger measure.”
PRAY OVER YOUR OIKOS DOCUMENT.
PRAY OVER THE 5 REQUESTS ON THE FASTING AND PRAYER GUIDE.
PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER IN YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP.