Summary: When God’s will is done on earth as it is in Heaven, His kingdom is truly be in our midst.
Luke 17:20-21 [NLT] (Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”)
As Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He spoke these words as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 (NLT), “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
I want us to focus on these six powerful words. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.” In these simple six words of supplication, we are asking for God’s kingdom to come and be in our midst. To be truly sincere in this request, we must first be sure to understand for what it is we are truly asking. It seems like such a simple request, but in reality we’re asking for the strength to do His will. When we truly desire God’s kingdom to come we’re taking on a grave responsibility. We’re making a genuine commitment to be obedient and faithful workers in God’s kingdom. We’re agreeing to serve as priests and engage in the work of bringing God’s kingdom to earth. Through acts of obedience, we serve as catalysts for God’s kingdom entering into our midst. It’s as if we’re saying, “We’re with you, God. We want what you want. Your will is our will.” We are calling on the power of the Holy Spirit to come and consecrate us for effective service. We’ve chosen to put ourselves aside and get out of the way for God’s will to be done on earth. When we pray the words, “Thy kingdom come”, we’re in turn praying, “My kingdom go.” With those words, we’re placing God’s desires higher than ours and submitting to His will. It requires an attitude of humility on our part for God’s kingdom is to appear in our midst. God calls us to submit in obedience and to be His ambassadors of the heavenly kingdom. Peter calls us a royal priesthood – a holy nation. (1 Peter 2:9) We are called to be priests who live as citizens of Heaven here on this earth. When we pray, “Your will be done,” do we really mean what we say? Do we truly comprehend the power of this phrase when spoken with earnest commitment? The words, “Your will be done,” means you are willing to surrender control and let God rule your life. Ask yourself this very important question of commitment, “Am I truly willing to let go of everything in my life to follow God’s will?” Jesus spoke these submissive words of obedience on two occasions in scripture. The first occasion of course was in this scripture above when teaching His disciples to pray. Jesus also demonstrated total submission as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. He was preparing Himself for the purpose of His coming…to suffer for the sins of the world. He humbled Himself to the point of death for us to have life and enjoy God’s kingdom on earth.