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Matthew 6:10a

Pray Like This, Part III

10 Thy kingdom come.

Prayer should reflect the will of God. This is the primary reason why the prayer of the heathen is not heard....their prayers are contrary to God's will. We pray "Our Father which art in heaven...," because it is God's will to act as our Father and to be acknowledged and loved as our Father. It pleases God to hear His children praise His holy name. God is also willing to fulfill every promise He has made to us. Faithfulness is part of His nature.

The gospel, or "good news", that Jesus preached was the promise that the kingdom of God was near, the kingdom of God was among us. Pray, "Thy kingdom come." It is God's pleasure to answer your prayer. But, what does this mean?

The Greek word, basileia, does not refer to a kingdom defined by territory, but to a kingdom marked off by the authority of the king. Wherever a king's authority finds acceptance, though it might be in the heart of only one person and in the midst of someone else's territory, his kingdom exists. God's kingdom is like that.

The Jews looked for a Messiah who would bring political independence and world domination to Israel, but Jesus taught that, "the kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for behold the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21) The kingdom of God cannot be seen; it is not political in nature; it is not military in nature; it is not territorial domination; but it is spiritual domination of the hearts of men.

The kingdom of God happens every time someone hears the gospel preached and is spiritually transformed by the Holy Spirit, enabling him to receive Christ as Savior. The kingdom of God comes alive in that person's life. He hungers and thirsts for righteousness; he lives in obedience to Jesus Christ; and he loves to worship and to praise his God. When the kingdom comes, the gospel is spread abroad by the new believer, and the kingdom continues to grow.

It is not enough to merely mouth the words, "Thy kingdom come." This expresses God's will, but He wants us to see the needs of the world around us. We should pray for every unbeliever whom we know. Ask God for the kingdom to come in each person's life. Pray for the many missionaries, pastors, chaplains, Sunday school teachers, and other servants whom you know. They are engaged in the task of bringing the kingdom of God to others. Ask God to grant whatever their needs are to accomplish their mission.

Your ministry also needs the kingdom of God to come. The kingdom is within you, if you are a born again Christian, but you need its power to flow from you.

Before The Throne:

Pray that He will use your ministry to bring His authority into the hearts of others. Ask Him to bring you into contact with those who need to hear His gospel. Pray that you would be watching and not miss the opportunity to lead someone to Christ.

For Further Study:

** Thy kingdom. Matt 3:2; Matt 4:17; Matt 16:28; Ps 2:6; Isa 2:2; Jer 23:5; Dan 2:44; Dan 7:13, 27; Zech 9:9; Mark 11:10; Luke 19:11, 38; Col 1:13; Rev 11:15; Rev 12:10; Rev 19:6; Re 20:4;


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