Bible Verse: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-15
The movie, Bruce Almighty, has a scene in which millions of prayers are flashing on the computer screen of Bruce (Jim Carey), who has been granted the power of God temporarily. Overwhelmed, Bruce presses “Yes” to all prayers. The result? The entire city turned into chaos with traffic jams and people fighting everywhere.
Is that how God answers prayers? If God said yes to every selfish request the world would be a mess.
The 18th century British theologian John Gill commented that the form of expression used by the ancient Jews before the coming of Christ, was, “the kingdom of thy Messiah come.” Jesus here changes this by leaving out the word “Messiah”, and hence it becomes, “your kingdom come.” The Messiah has come already inaugurate the spiritual kingdom of the Father, not the political kingdom of man.
The Spiritual Kingdom has come, and indeed, existed ever since the days people humbly walked with God (Genesis 5:24), patiently waited for His promises (Genesis 49:18), intimately had hands held by Him (Psalms 73:23), and even through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalms 23:4). These were saints, people of great faith, who impacted friends as well as enemies with the aroma of God.
To pray that the will of God be done on earth as heaven implies that we must be part of it. The messengers must be the Message. We cannot just sit there and say, “God, Your will be done and I will keep an eye on it.”
Who do you think you are? Being the supervisor supervising God to do His will? We are the Message. God’s will must begin to grow in our lives first! We are part of God’s Kingdom. “Your Kingdom Come” means we have to come and live out God’s Kingdom in our community. God’s will be done on earth means His will be done in our lives too! Perhaps that is why Jesus, after the Lord’s Prayer, teaches us not to worry about life (Matthew 6:25), but to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first (vv.33-34).
In what areas can you walk with the Lord your God deeper? What will of yours can you surrender more completely? Be the Message.
Dear Jesus, You prayed to the Abba Father, ‘Not My will but Yours be done.’ Here I confess that I am still holding onto many things that displease You. Please, not my will, but Yours be done in my life.
— William Hui, English Ministry Lead Pastor, Richmond Pacific Grace Church, Richmond, BC.
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