Summary: Exposition and application of the Lord's Prayer. Your kingdom come in me and in the future!
Living The Lord’s Prayer, Part-3, Mathew 6:6-13
“Your Kingdom Come”
“Everybody treats us so nicely. No one seems to thing that we mean what we say. When we say “kingdom of God,” no one gets apprehensive, as if we had just announced (which we thought we had) that a powerful army is poised on the border, ready to invade. When we say radical things like “Christ,” “love,” “believe,” “peace,” and “sin”—words that in other times and cultures excited martyrdoms—the sounds enter the stream of conversation with no more splash than baseball scores and grocery prices.” — (Eugene Peterson in Leadership Vol. 10, no. 2)
What is the Kingdom of God? In the second line of the Lord’s Prayer we pray, “Your Kingdom Come.” What is the kingdom and what does it mean for His kingdom to come? Where does it come from? Where is “it” going? What is the nature of the Kingdom? Who is a citizen of the kingdom? When will it come? Has it already come? Is it a physical or spiritual kingdom?
These are important questions to ask. How careless of so many to pray week in and week out, for some day in day out, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come” and never have considered at any depth what that kingdom is. If we are to build the kingdom we need to know what it is.
This morning I will state plainly what I believe to be a biblical view of the kingdom and how it applies to the here and now of the Christian life.
No other biblical doctrine as that of the kingdom of God is as oft mentioned in the Bible and yet so routinely debated. There is vastly differing opinion among theologians, scholars, pastors, denominations, and the like, as to the message of the kingdom. There is no debate however that it is a prevalent biblical doctrine.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38 NIV)
Everywhere He went Jesus preached the kingdom. In Matthew 4:17 it says that “From that time on [early in Jesus ministry] Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (NIV) Or in the KJV Jesus says “the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It is just out of reach, it is present, it is here.
So on the one hand you have Jesus telling people to repent for the kingdom is near and then on the other hand you have Jesus telling people to pray, “Your kingdom come.” Which is it? Is the kingdom right here, close enough to reach out and grab or is it afar off and something that I need to pray for it to come?