An event occurred and an event to come | Your Kingdom Come (Part 4)

Will praying for God’s kingdom to come and His will be done usher the earth into an immediate state of euphoric perfection? I do not know, but I do know we are instructed to pray for all God’s intentions and desires contained in the phrase to be fulfilled, and whenever we do what God recommends, we win big!

One writer said three things should always be remembered when thinking about the kingdom of God:

  • The kingdom is a spiritual reality that is already present among men;
  • The coming of this kingdom to the individual is not an end in itself. Indeed, only the beginning. After we are in the kingdom individually, we must turn outward with the message.
  • The kingdom is also a future event.[1]

Jesus cherished His Father’s kingdom; He knew well His Father’s heart and intentions. On the night Jesus gathered His disciples together to lead them for the first time in what we now call the Lord’s Supper, after serving the bread and wine and telling them the significance of the new covenant, He ended by saying he would not again drink of the fruit of the vine until He could drink it with them in His Father’s kingdom.

This gathering was rooted in sincere worship and the joy of being in Jesus’ presence. Yes, the unthinkable was about to unfold. For a while, at least, things were going to look pretty grim, but the end result, after Christ’s resurrection and ascension, would be the establishing of the gateway to eternal joy in the presence of God.

To pray your kingdom come is to ask God to replace every nook and cranny of your earthly being influenced by sin and living under the influence of failure, flaw, displaced values, and hopelessness, and through the regenerate work of Jesus Christ be filled with God’s purity, will, and His desire while we are on this earth. It means to pray for the culmination of all things and the return of Christ to occur and the establishment of His kingdom of complete purity and perfection forever.

All you have made will praise you, O Lord; Your saints will extol you.

They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.[2]

[1] James G. S.S. Thomson, The Praying Christ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959, p 91 ,92.

[2] Psalm 145:10-13 NIV


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