Are our prayers nice? Do they contain beautiful poetic words? There are some wonderful prayers. But then there are some nitty-gritty, tough battle-type prayers. The prayer Jesus taught is one of those:
“‘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.” (Matthew’s version)
Our verse for today is indeed a very tough line within the prayer.
“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6 v 10)
In the beginning mankind was invited into this kingdom of God to reign with Him in partnership. “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” Gen 1:28
Because of the fall and our sin we lost the right to that kingdom.
The end result was that our kingdom became cursed, painful, hard work, sweat and toil for little return.
But prophets began to speak of a new, coming Kingdom of God.
Isaiah spoke of a righteous kingdom.
Malachi of a kingdom of peace and healing.
The after 400 years of no revelation a messenger comes …
“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Matt 3:1
Jesus comes and of course carries on that same message. He is in fact the Message of the Kingdom.
“Your Kingdom Come” is a request that the kingdom of God overshadows your kingdom.
Let your kingdom come is a prayer for those who are finding that their kingdom is one of sweat + toil, pain + headache, much effort and little return. Is that you today perhaps? Then make the request of your Father knowing this is in line with His will and therefore hallows His name. But there is more.
Today you can pray those 3 words over someone’s life. Maybe you know someone who has a broken kingdom, their life is in tatters? Let ‘your kingdom come’ over their kingdom is our prayer for others.
With His Kingdom comes His will. His will is never easy.
We will see Jesus battle with the will in Gethsemane, Mark 14:35 “Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.”
Have you seen The Strongest Man programme? They carry heavy boulders and they have to go all the way. After a little while you never see one of them fall with the stone – they just let go of it. At some point of going a little further with God carrying the burden of death, the burden of the cross and the price of laying your life down, you will get to the point where something is going to drop.
Will it be the price or you?
Jesus refused to let go of the cost and fell to the ground with it. Many Christians have said ‘It’s too heavy, Lord –I can’t do that any longer. I cannot do what is expected of me. I want to go back’.
Jesus is calling you and me to such radical living that you will hold on to Him and the price of living the walk so that even if it means you drop to your knees – you drop there, holding on to the burden of carrying the cost.
Where is the army of God? Where is the soldier who never runs away at any price?
You drop to your knees because you are saying ‘I am willing to trust You. I trust you with my life. I am not sure where it is going and it is mightily uncomfortable right now and I wish I could live a different type of life and I wish you would take this away from me if you were asking me for a choice but I fall on my knees in submission because I surrender to you, whatever you have got – it is Your will over my will and “I surrender all to Jesus; All to Him I freely give”
Let your kingdom come, your will be done is a prayer for those who are willing to battle. It is a very tough request. Will you pray it?