A Closer Look At The Lord's Prayer - DAY 2
Welcome to Day 2 of diving deeper into the Lord’s Prayer. Just as a quick reminder from yesterday, during this 5 day series, we are looking to answer the following questions: Does this prayer still relate to us today in 2020? What does it truly mean? Do we simply recite it from memory, as we were taught as children, or do we feel this prayer and pray it from our heart?
Today, we will discuss Matthew 6:10 “...your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
We know from verse 9 that “your” refers to our Father in Heaven. So when we hear the words “your kingdom come,” what does that really mean? Sprinkled throughout the entirety of the Bible, there is information and reference to the kingdom of God in heaven. I have seen the kingdom described as, “the spiritual realm over which God reigns and the fulfillment on Earth of God’s sovereign will.” I would say this is true. But may I add to that? I believe that in addition, the kingdom of God is an unbreakable, unshakable, indisputable heavenly government, of which there will NEVER be an end. It is ruled with perfect love, justice and righteousness. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
With that in mind, let’s consider our earthly government. No matter what country you live in, there are laws, regulations and rules to be followed. We follow the laws of the government, we pay our taxes, etc. (Romans 13:1-7). If we do not follow these laws, there are consequences. The general breakdown of the hierarchy in our lives looks something like this: The top ranking official is the President, Prime Minister, King/Queen, etc. Under them we have the court system, judges, juries, police officers, etc. Under them we have companies we work for, our boss, church leaders, etc. And of course when we are younger our direct authority is our parents, teachers, etc.
Let us never neglect to see that ruling over us ALL is the maker of the heavens and the Earth. Ruling in heaven is Almighty God, along with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. In Revelation we even see that there are angels, elders, creatures and more that have been assigned duties in Heaven. There is order.
When we say “your kingdom come,” we are acknowledging God’s reigning kingdom in Heaven. We are requesting for that heavenly kingdom to come to this Earth. With that request we are, in essence, making a pact or agreement to adhere to the rules, the laws and the order of His perfect will. We are requesting to be a part of His kingdom and to do that, we must align our minds and our lives with His way.
Next, let’s consider “your will be done.” What is the will of God? My favorite scripture when answering this question is John 6:40. Jesus himself said it as bluntly as this: “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” That is very straight forward. BELIEVE. If we believe in Jesus, then we accept and appreciate the sacrifice that he made for us personally. Believing in him will spark a desire to want to know more about the man who died for you and why he would do that. Once you start learning more about Jesus, you will quickly and very naturally fall in love with him. And with love always comes ACTION. You will spring into action in your life to become a follower of Jesus. He deserves it. He earned it. And we are better for it!
Consider these scriptures as well when it comes to the will of God and you will have a NO FAIL life action plan set out for you. It’s a great place to start for newbies and cherished reminders for the seasoned follower...
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3 - “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Micah 6:8 - “...And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Ephesians 5:15-20 - “Be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I hope this has helped you find deeper meaning from this second stanza of the Lord’s Prayer. I pray that God’s kingdom comes to this Earth and His perfect will is done through the loving actions of each and every one of us. May we live to love and be blessed to be a blessing. May we fully submit and surrender to His authority and patiently await our blessed eternal future.
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