Read Matthew 6:9-13″your kingdom come…”
Food for Thought: Your Kingdom Come…
When we pray this phrase in the Lord’s Prayer we are making a bold request for God to rule over our lives. This is a bold request for God to occupy every corner of our lives. When we say “your kingdom come” you are inviting the Messiah himself to come walk in your world. You are in a sense waving the white flag and relinquishing control of your life.
As children of God we need to be about the business of asking for God’s kingdom to come. We need to be asking God to renew our vision to see the church as kingdom outposts here on earth bringing the shalom of God to our broken world.
And if we are honest with ourselves, who doesn’t need to relinquish more control. We need to ask God to rule over our marriages, our finances, our relationships, our workplaces our schools. As we are asking for the kingdom to come to we need to make sure we understand that life isn’t about needs. We need radical re-orientation to the kingdom agenda of Christ where:
1. We hear him call us to a counter-cultural life where the last shall be first and the first shall be last — Mat. 20:16
2. We realize the greatest in the kingdom are those willing to become slaves — Mk. 10:42-45
3. We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, imprisoned, and welcome the stranger — Mt. 25:35-36
4. We hear him call us to radical abandonment of the self — Mk. 8:34
Praying for more of the kingdom to break into our world puts us in position of an adventurous ride, where we are living moment by moment seeing God intimately involved in our world and seeing ourselves as part of the unfolding drama of God.
“Father bring your kingdom.”