What do we mean when we pray…Thy Kingdom Come?
Matthew 6:10 “Thy Kingdom Come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
This is the second petition, in what is commonly called the Lord’s prayer.
The first was (and always should be our first thought to our Father which art in heaven)…..”Hallowed be Thy name.”
We are to pray for God to be “hallowed” or to venerate.
That God, with us….and everywhere,…will be seen as Holy and Almighty….in other words, to be seen as our God.
It says “hallowed be Thy name”…..
….for the name of God, represents Him to us.
HIs name should be as in the Song of Solomon 1:3….”…Thy name is as ointment poured forth…”
…with all the beauty of smell,…and the healing of it’s application,…and the anointing unto separation to Him….
…..this is what HIs name, and our attitude (hallowed) to it, means.
Then the second petition comes from the first…..as we glorify God…as God, in our lives…then:
“Thy kingdom Come. Thy will be done in earth (in me), as it is in heaven.”
In praying “Thy kingdom Come”, we are asking that the power and blessing of the Holy Spirit….who has come to us show us the things of Christ….will open Him more to us, through the preaching of HIs Word.
His power and authority should always be in us, first….before it can be manifested by us, to others.
(And what do people see when we are under His power and authority….
….they see a servant, who loves and serves Christ….not for things….but for the privilege of fellowship with Christ Jesus.)
Then, we are looking also to the church, when we pray Thy kingdom come….that the preachers and teachers will be sent by God, and filled with the Spirit….(Ephesians 4:11-12)
When we pray this, we are asking that when we are baptized, and have the communion service….they will be a blessing….not mere doctrinal service (because I should)…
…and that the gifts and the graces of the Holy Spirit will increase in Christ’s believers….
….”Till we all come in the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:” (Ephesians 4:13)
When we pray “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”, we are asking that His enemies may be overthrown….practically.
We are praying for a extension of His kingdom here….that all the elect may be brought into it….
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
That our hearts may not only want this….
….but that we may live, so as to lift up Christ, that the lost may be drawn to Him.
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.”
When we pray Thy kingdom come…..we are asking for these things…
…but when we have Thy kingdom come….our lives become a sanctifying influence to those we come into contact with….that His kingdom may be seen, not just heard of.
His kingdom come is my subjection to Christ….
…and the practical yielding of my life to the Holy Spirit as His servant (Romans 12:1-2)….
…..as HIs soldier (2 Timothy 2:3-4)….
…..and as His ambassador, speaking for King and country (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).
What do we mean when we pray “Thy Kingdom Come”?
We show that we mean business with Christ Jesus….that we are going to go all out….with all diligence, to do His Will; in fact to be HIs Will wherever we are.
Let us further the Kingdom of God….let us be in subjection to Christ our King, and yield to our place, by the Holy Spirit, in HIs kingdom here.