The Lord’s Prayer, Part 7
As the Lord’s Prayer continues, we pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) Very simply, we are declaring God’s kingship in our lives. We are praying, “You, Lord, are my God and my King. I invite Your reign in my life and long for Your reign in this world.”
Imagine God’s kingdom, a kingdom in which there is no sin, evil or anything wicked. Our world today is polluted and permeated with sin and evil. God will one day renew the earth and set up His eternal rule. The apostle John, seeing and hearing a preview of God’s coming kingdom, writes, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
But the Lord’s Prayer is not merely looking forward to the future. There is a very present sense of longing for God’s kingdom and seeking for His will to be done. Read what Jesus said about His Father’s kingdom, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
We mistake this “seeking first God’s kingdom” as a matter of priorities. When we establish priorities, we complete the top priorities and move on to lesser priorities. But that’s not what Jesus is saying. “Seeking first God’s kingdom” is not an issue of priority setting, but one of singleness of heart and mind. We must learn to seek God’s kingdom in all facets of life. God does not wish to be a priority among priorities! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the I AM. He asks us to set up His kingship in every area of our lives. No aspect or element of our lives should fall outside of His kingly rule and authority!
I urge you to pray with me, humbly and with full knowledge of what this means, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
©2011 Rob Fischer