Summary: We want God's kingdom to come to our hearts to se up his royal reign.
Do you know how World War II started? Germany invaded Poland. Most people remember that from high school history but do you know why Germany invaded Poland? They were invited to do so. At least that’s what Hitler wanted the world to believe. On the night of August 31st, 1939, a small group of German operatives dressed in Polish uniforms seized a German radio station in Gleiwitz, Poland and broadcast a short anti-German message in Polish. Hitler used this as a pretext to invade Poland “for the sake of the Germans living there who wanted protection from anti-German sentiments.” Everyone saw through Hitler’s ruse of course and that’s why Britain and France immediately declared war on Germany.
Would any nation really invite invasion? The rebels in Libya might if they can’t overthrow General Gadhafi on their own. Although Libya has been a traditional enemy of the West, its rebels may soon welcome air support from NATO to neutralize Libya’s air force which Gadhafi is now using against his own people. But generally nations don’t invite invasion, they defend against it. That’s what makes the Second Petition in the Lord’s Prayer so interesting. When we pray, “Your kingdom come,” we’re inviting invasion. That may sound scary but it’s actually a blessing for us. Let’s find out how.
True or false? When we pray “Your kingdom come,” we’re asking Jesus to reappear in glory and usher in Judgment Day. You’re right if you answered, “True.” This world is a battlefield. Satan and his demons have teamed up with evil governments and false prophets to keep unbelievers in the dark and to cause the loss of faith among Christians. Our foe is formidable. In the book of Revelation Jesus compared Satan to an enormous red dragon with seven heads (Revelation 12). It’s no wonder we pray: “Your kingdom come. Hurry Jesus! Save us from Satan’s onslaughts. Give us eternal rest from the heartaches our own sins have caused. And bring us to that blessed home in heaven where we’ll never be frustrated, grumpy, or have back pain again!”
It’s good that we keep inviting this invasion lest we forget it’s coming with or without our invitation. The Apostle Peter reminded his readers: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives” (2 Peter 3:10, 11). Don’t be like the Russian leader Stalin. He was warned by both Winston Churchill and his own Russian spy network that Hitler was planning an invasion of Russia in 1941. Even after 3.4 million German troops were seen crossing the border into Russia, Stalin still failed to order defensive measures. In the end, Russia managed to beat back the Germans but those who are not prepared for Judgment Day will not be as fortunate. If we are found without faith on that day, we’ll have to face God’s wrath forever. And so when you pray, “Your kingdom come,” add this thought: “Today, Lord? Will you return today? If so, let me be ready.”