Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thy Kingdom Come

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Just three simple words, “Thy kingdom come,” but what an incredible statement   we must approach as something so vast. It was a sad day when the elders of the  nation of Israel fired the godly prophet and prayer warrior Samuel and asked God for a king to lead them in I Samuel 8:5. Since the days of Abraham, they had the true and living God as their King and now, they wanted to replace Jehovah with a feeble, imperfect, human king.

Through the seed of David, the temple of God would be built as promised by God through His prophet, Samuel and God would establish His kingdom forever according to 2 Samuel 7:12-13. Though David was not privileged to build the temple himself, he was promised that his seed, Solomon, would build the temple and through this seed the King of Kings would come.
Throughout the Old Testament we read of a promise given of this coming King, upon whose shoulders the government would stand and His name shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6. 

The word Wonderful means: marvelous, magnificent, great, tremendous, superb.  Counselor, conveys that He is our advisor, guide, mentor, model, specialist, and example. Mighty God, speaks of His strength, immensity, exceeding and extreme power on which we can stand knowing, The everlasting Father, reveals His endless, never-ending, undying, enduring, infinite, boundless, timeless and forever incessant existence. Last but not least, He is called, The Prince of Peace, declaring He is the Ruler and Sovereign King which engenders tranquility, restfulness, solitude, serenity, calm and true harmony in our hearts and minds.
When we pray, “Thy kingdom come,” we are truly praying, “Christ’s reign, here and now.” The word “kingdom” means “rule” or “reign.” So, when you read “Thy kingdom come,” you are reading, “Thy rule or reign come.” His kingdom is the rule and reign of Christ and that is what we are praying for.  To pray, “Thy kingdom come,” is to pray that He may reside and reign in the hearts and lives of those who are resistant and disobedient to God. Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:14,15) This is a prayer for salvation for people to repent and let the rule and reign of Christ in their hearts.
The kingdom of God comes also by our commitment to Christ. Look at Romans 14:17, For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. As we give ourselves over to the attributes of Christ through the Holy Spirit of God and what He wants to produce in our lives, we are asking for Christ’s reign in our hearts and lives to be made known for others to see.
One day our Lord will come for us in the clouds and we will rise to meet Him there in the air.  At His second coming, (which is different from the Rapture) He will complete the victory and we will rule and reign with Him, the Lord God Almighty, for a thousand years (Revelation 1:6; 20:6). The prayer, “Thy kingdom come,” will then be answered fully.
Thought: What gives us the right to pray, “Thy kingdom come?” How is it that we  are entitled to pray this prayer? Prayer is allowed, entitled, permitted and made possible by changing our citizenship. How does one change his citizenship? By faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. This glorious day is coming when we will see Him face to face. I pray that you are allowing the Lord Jesus to rule and reign in your hearts that you can give voice along with the host of the redeemed, Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20b).

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