“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Because the King has come, the kingdom has come. Because the King is still to come, the kingdom is still to come. Because the King is here, the kingdom is here. But the King is here in veiled form, the kingdom is ordinarily present in veiled form. Is that not why Jesus so often speaks of “having eyes to see and ears to hear”? Not everyone recognizes His already-ness. So not everyone will recognize the already-ness of the reign of God.
You can see that the term “second coming” is a bit misleading, for He is not coming from some far away place. He is breaking through from behind the veil of hidden-ness. When He does, the already present, but ordinarily hidden, kingdom of God will be manifest to all and will overcome and replace all other kingdoms.
So, what does it mean to pray, “Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven”? It means something like “Living God, even before the Day of the Lord, reveal what is invisible, manifest what is hidden.” Can you handle that? That is what those words mean. We ought to pray the words standing on tiptoe!
We mere human beings . . . we can ask for the unveiling of the kingdom of God? Yes! If the Church of Jesus has been given this privilege then why haven’t we exercised it more intentionally? Perhaps it is because we have not understood the privilege. Perhaps it is that we have not wanted to submit our lives to the King. We may have wanted the benefits and blessings of the kingdom but we have not been willing to align our lives with His rule. Or perhaps it is that we know the coming of God’s rule means the end of our rule. Perhaps the Church has not fervently prayed for the kingdom because we know it is dangerous to do so; the King just might answer and start turning everything upside-down!
Lord Jesus, forgive me for continually longing for the benefits of Your kingdom without submitting to what it truly means for Your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven! May I have my eyes opened to see the truth of Your presence in my life at this very moment. Help me to bow my heart before Your sovereignty in complete and utter humility so that my prayers become aligned with the purpose of Your kingdom over and above the desires of my own.
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry, Chapter 80 (The Lord’s Model of Prayer for the Kingdom) by Darrell W. Johnson. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
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Praise the Lord, who is able even to weigh your motives (Prov. 16:2). Thank God for times he has brought conviction to lead you to needed change. Confess any sinful actions, words, plans, or motives the Spirit brings to your attention. Commit to the Lord whatever you are planning to do, asking that he then make your plans succeed (16:3).
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