Several weeks ago at The Point, I shared this phrase from the prayer of Jesus recorded in Matthew 6:10. Jesus concludes His prayer by saying
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
I have basically modeled every prayer I pray after this phrase, and it has been revolutionary to the prayers I pray. I believe that it has also been revolutionary for me as a worshipper, and as a Worship Pastor. The key phrase here is ‘…on earth, as it is in heaven.’ Have you ever really thought about that phrase?
In heaven, God’s kingdom and will is fulfilled. Heaven is a place of peace (Revelation 21:4), and it is a place of worship (Revelation 4). The new heaven described in Revelation 21-22 is a massive city, with no sun (God is the source of light) and with the river & tree of life (Revelation 22:1-5, powerful passage).
And Christ prayed that same kingdom and will be done on earth.
What does it mean for His kingdom to come to earth?
A kingdom has a king. His kingdom comes means the lordship of Christ in our lives and in the church. It means advancing the church through it’s mission to ‘go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything’ that Christ has taught. We don’t gain territory in terms of how much land we can conquer; we gain territory by how many souls we save from eternal darkness.
Start praying this prayer – ‘Your Kingdom come.’ Pray it over this world. Pray it over this church. Pray it over your life. Pray it over your marriage, children, and family. Pray it over those who are sick. Pray it over your coworkers. Pray it over neighbors. Pray it over your enemies.
What does it mean for His will to be done?
Let’s start with this simple truth – God is for you (Romans 8:31). His will for your life is to build you up and give you victory. His will is for restoration. His will is for you to become the man or woman He created you to be. When you keep in mind that God is for you, and that His will is good, it changes your perspective on the way you pray for things.
Start praying this prayer – ‘Your will be done.’ Again, pray it over this world. Pray it over this church. Pray it over your life. Pray it over your struggles, your fears, your doubts. Don’t just say ‘Lord I give this to you,’ rather say ‘Lord, Your will be done.’
Fully surrendering to the lordship of Christ and His will is the ultimate act of worship. It humbles our hearts, and elevates our Lord. It’s revolutionary for your prayer life, to pray His kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord, I pray Your kingdom come and Your will be done over the lives of The Point, and specifically for those reading this blog today. Advance Your kingdom in their hearts; let their hearts be so full of love for You that it overflows onto those who are around them. Move through Your people. Let Your will be done. Let Your Kingdom come. Amen.