Day 12 - The Kingdom to Come
"Pray then in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’” --Matthew 6:9-10
There’s more to the story that we started yesterday. Obviously, there’s something more to be done, another part of this kingdom that isn’t here yet, if Jesus wants His followers to pray that it would come.
Christ promised to return a second time to accomplish the final redemptive work of defeating satan and evil once and for all, and in this way, God’s kingdom will fully come into the world and become the fullness of reality for everyone who follows Jesus Christ. But for Christ to ask His followers to pray that God’s will wold also be done on earth as it is in heaven, implies that before this final coming, there is kingdom work to be done here and now. Let’s once again refer to theologian George Ladd:
“We pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’ The confidence that this prayer is to be answered when God brings human history to the divinely ordained consummation enables the Christian to retain his balance and sanity of mind in this mad world in which we live. Our hearts go out to those who have no such hope. Thank God, His Kingdom is coming, and it will fill all the earth."
But when we pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come,’ we also ask that God’s will be done here and now, today. This is the primary concern of these expositions, that the reader might meet the Kingdom of God, or rather, that the Kingdom of God might meet him. We should also pray, ‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ in my church as it is in heaven. The life and fellowship of a Christian church ought to be a fellowship of people among whom God’s will is done - a bit of heaven on earth.”
This Christmas season, there are too many of those people mentioned who do not have the hope of Jesus Christ. What can you do to bring “a bit of heaven on earth” into their lives to help them encounter His love?