Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

To which kingdom do you belong? Where you "settle", where your heart is, that is the kingdom that is your habitation.

There are two kingdoms. The kingdom of the devil, or the kingdom of this world. In John 16:11, Jesus speaks of the "prince of this world..." This is the kingdom of sin and disobedience. Because sin which is not fought against and resisted, reigns. Until the Kingdom of God comes, we are all in this kingdom. But not all in the same way.

Moses said to the Israelites, before crossing into the Promised Land (Deut. 30:14), that the "word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. " If the"Word" is in our heart, enabling us to obey, then, as Jesus said, "...the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21) If we fight against our sin daily, resisting lusts, enticements of this world, and suggestions of the devil, then the Kingdom of God is increased.

And that is the second kingdom--the Kingdom of God, the place of righteousness and truth. If Jesus is our Lord, then sin, although still present, does not reign over us; His grace reigns

Therefore, we are taught, after praying that His Kingdom Come, to immediately petition that His "... Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." The covenant prayer we prayed each Sunday in January as the Call to Worship is a prayer where we asked that we surrender ourselves completely to His Will. Although God has given us a free will, it is not free if we make it our own will. To be free is to desire only God's Will.

In this part of the prayer, we are led to pray against ourselves; praying that God's Will reigns in us, here, now, on earth just as it does in heaven, so that the Kingdom of God (Thy Kingdom Come) will be advanced and increased, daily and incrementally.

1 comment:

  1. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done always reminds me that I am supposed to be following God's Path and not my own. I saw a blog recently that said, "if God is your copilot, you need to switch seats." It took me 50 years to realize that if I gave God the controls, my life was more fulfilling and Christianlike and rewarding and happier. Every day I say that prayer, I remember that I am praying to the Father of all life and as our creator, he has the controls.