This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” Matt 6:10
Last month, we looked at what the kingdom of God is and what the good news of the kingdom and God is. With this understanding, we can now ask what we should be praying as we say the words “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
When we pray and invite the Kingdom as we say “Your kingdom come”, it means this: For His kingdom to come, my kingdom must go! We give up control over our lives. If God is King, there will be new standards, laws, and governance – His righteousness. We can’t have God’s kingdom but not his righteousness.
To put it more personally, we can pray “ Your Kingdom come in my marriage as it is in heaven” or “Your Kingdom come in my family as it is in heaven”. We are saying that we want our marriages and families to be ordered on the principles of God’s Kingdom and run according to His righteousness. That’s what it means by inviting the kingdom.
Once we allow God’s Kingdom to come, then we can pray “Your will be done”. When God is King and His kingdom is in place, then the Kingdom’s agenda and the Kingdom’s purposes come first. It has to be in this order. God works His will through the establishment of His Kingdom. Through each and every one of our lives, God wants to reveal and extend His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Question is, are we willing to surrender ourwills, our desires, our wants so that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven?
As we extend the words “Thy Kingdom Come” into our personal lives, we also need to extend the words “Your will be done” into our personal lives as well. So we need to say “Your will be done in my marriage, family, home, church, work places, ministries, schools etc”.
When we pray, we should get our focus and perspectives right. As we go through the Disciple’s Prayer, we start with “Our Father… hallowed be your name”. It’s all about Him! Then we say “Your kingdom come, Your will be done”. It’s all about God’s kingdom, agendas, purposes, objectives and goals. We want God to bring that dimension into our lives. When God is in control and His will is being performed, things will work out. After this we are then taught to pray “Give us this day our daily bread”. This we will look at in the next installment.
This article has been adapted from the series “Pray Like This – The Disciple’s Prayer” by Rev Henson Lim. Over the coming months, we will continue to look at the Disciple’s Prayer in this prayer series.