We pray daily that we will live in the reality of the Kingdom that has come
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.[a]
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. In response to that request Jesus gave them what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13). Though many have found repeating this prayer, whether in private or in public, to be beneficial, this was not what Jesus intended. Rather, it is a prayer model that shows us how we should address God in prayer. It shows us what should be the important themes of all our prayers. The prayer also shows us what we should expect when we address our Heavenly Father in prayer.
Let us look at Jesus’ words recorded in verse 10, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus the Son of God came to earth, bringing the Kingdom of God to earth. He left all the glory and splendor of heaven with the purpose of redeeming mankind.
The King of Heaven came down and brought the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. Through Jesus life and ministry, the world saw what it meant for God’s Kingdom to descend to earth. Mankind saw what the world is like when kingdom power comes to earth. It brings healing to the sick and afflicted.
God’s Kingdom brought resurrection life in raising the dead. The King of Heaven gave the hope of everlasting life. Men and women were set free from Satan’s power.
The coming of the Kingdom brought to earth the unlimited mercy of God, bringing the forgiveness of sin—no matter how grievous the stain of sin was. The Kingdom came with eternal hope, giving us a glimpse of what God’s Kingdom will be like in eternity.
The King has come, and through His death and resurrection, we can enter into the eternal Kingdom of God and be set free. We are free to live for God, free to be used of God, and free to honor Him with our lives.
The Kingdom had to come down. We were powerless to ascend up to Him. The Kingdom of Heaven came down and now everything has changed. Kingdom power enters our souls and the life of God is created within us. We are new creations in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, this becomes our prayer. We pray daily that we will live in the reality of the Kingdom that has come. The power of God’s Kingdom sets us free and we are truly liberated. We are forgiven children of God who live in the reality of the unlimited grace of His Kingdom.
The Kingdom has come, and as we by faith live under the rule of the King, God’s will is done on earth as it is done in heaven. In the Kingdom, God is our Father, and we are His children. We live to honor Him as obedient children.
Let our hearts cry out to God to reveal today the power of His Kingdom in bringing deliverance and forgiveness—setting the captive free. We pray that the will of God will be done here on earth as it is done in heaven. Our prayer is that many will experience the power of the Kingdom and their lives be transformed through the forgiveness of sins.
Pray: Heavenly Father, let your Kingdom rule in my life. Let your Kingdom come down in power through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and set many free. Deliver those that are bound, and free them from Satan’s power. Let many enter Your Kingdom through the forgiveness of their sins. Let your will be done on earth, in and through my life, as it is done in heaven. Amen.