Monday, December 29, 2008

Thy Kingdom Come

"Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).

This is the first thing Jesus told us pray for in the Model Prayer. We open the prayer with deep love and great respect, "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name."

Then, almost in the same breath, Jesus tells us what is of utmost priority in our prayers -- "Thy Kingdom come."

Notice that there is a period, which means a complete sentence has been spoken. What follows next is, therefore, very interesting, for it serves as a fuller explanation of what Jesus means by the phrase, "Thy Kingdom come."

He says, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." In other words, the Kingdom comes into any life or circumstance at the moment God's will is done on earth in perfect harmony with what He has already done in heaven above.

So what does this mean for us today?

Simply this -- whatever God says that He has already done, even if the situation on earth contradicts it in every way, we may be sure that His power will work on our behalf to make every change necessary in order for things to line up with His will.

Furthermore, in light of the fact that we are ambassadors for Christ entrusted with the message and ministry of reconciliation, we may go about our day with the full assurance that we are backed up by the power of God -- especially in those moments when we are faced with the powers of darkness, which ever work to contradict God's will.

"Thy Kingdom come!" will be our declaration -- and we will see God's will done on earth, just as it in heaven.


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