Your kingdom come?

“Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy.” – Psalm 98:8

What do you suppose Jesus meant when He taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? Do you wonder would it would look like if God’s kingdom and will ruled the earth?

Maybe that’s part of what Jesus was showing us when He walked with humans long ago.

  • His miracles give us a peek into a kingdom where everyone would see, hear, walk, jump, have enough, and be well.
  • His casting out demons show us what it will look like when we’re all free from the influence of evil.
  • His teaching reveals God’s kingdom as a place where grace, unity, forgiveness, and integrity reign.

If we’re sincere when we pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”, how could we not desire to be working alongside God to bring His kingdom values to earth today? Of course we won’t do it perfectly, but we can at least be moving in the same direction God is.

Jesus exampled what it means to live in a kingdom-come way: He taught truth, showed compassion, decried evil, and dealt honestly with everyone. He helped us see what it means to begin the process of making all things new (Revelation 21:5). And, He sends us out to continue what He started.

What does He want us to do today to help accomplish His will on earth? I think we should ask Him. It seems there’s a lot to be done!

“God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven would mean food, water, and homes for all who lack, justice in politics and economics, peace between nations, harmony with nature, healing and comfort for the sick, souls reconnected to their spiritual source.” – Philip Yancey

 #kingdomofgod #doinggood

4 thoughts on “Your kingdom come?

  1. Amen Bev. Unfortunately, as a church we seem to enough faith to pray this in all sincerity. Or, a combination of both fear and lacking.
    Thank you.

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    • I do think faith is a big component, as you say. Also, sometimes I think we pray this prayer (and others) without really thinking about what we are praying. Once we understand what Jesus is asking us to pray, maybe we will begin to understand what He is asking us to do. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. The most important thing we found was first of all learn to listen to His leading and then follow Him in unwavering obedience. We have seen that when we do this He always leads us into deeper relationship with Himself. Once we begin to really knowing Him His leading and our obedience flows like a beautiful dance. Out of that harmony comes all that would glorify and honor Him but its starts with listening to Him and obeying His Word. What I will say is that in the deepest part of our journey learning how to live ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done’ became a vital part of our survival. When you begin to realize that His good and perfect will is the only path to safety you learn to take it.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Homer Les
    http://www.homerlesandwandaring.com

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    • It sounds like you are putting kingdom living into practice. I love your dance analogy as it beautifully describes the give and take of walking with God day-by-day. You point out, as well, the importance of being in sync with God – for me it’s through His Word and through on-going prayer – as that is the only way to really know His will for each moment, each day. Thanks for your thoughtful post!

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