“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
The Lord’s Prayer.
I bet you’ve got it memorized.
But did you ever think about what it means?
Thy kingdom come…
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Why would Jesus teach His followers to pray that God’s kingdom would advance?
I bet you’ve prayed that a million times and never thought about what you were asking for.
Let’s unpack it a bit, shall we?
To pray that God’s kingdom would come to earth is to assume God has a heavenly kingdom. A place of absolute authority. Loyal subjects. A throne of power.
So far, so good. God is boss. Moving on.
It’s also to assume that there is another kingdom in play – one that is holding back God’s authority and fighting His control.
That gives one pause, right?
So to pray that God’s kingdom would come implies a state of – war.
The Lord’s Prayer in this light is a political statement, a declaration of allegiance to God as the leader of choice over the laws and systems of our fallen state. It’s like being a part of the resistance movement behind enemy lines.
That packs a far bigger punch than I’ve ever allowed myself to consider before.
Jesus pointedly taught His followers to actively pray that His Father’s kingdom would make advancements in this world.
How often do you pray with that intent?
And if you use the Lord’s Prayer – do you understand what you are asking for?
God’s kingdom on earth would be – paradise.
But since there are forces at work that actively fight against God’s rule on earth, it won’t come easy. This is not a set of pat words to be said by rote while we absently plan what to eat for lunch. We ought to be praying fervently for God’s will to be done here as it is carried out without question by an army of angels in heaven.
That means that there is more to that well known prayer than meets the eye…
Thy kingdom come.
Explore the Lord’s Prayer a little deeper with me?
Father, I am seeing this prayer with new eyes as I seek deeper truth about what Your kingdom is all about. Give us wisdom and open hearts as we engage with this topic in the weeks to come. Amen.