Your Kingdom come

How can we, in our day and age, connect intuitively with this petition and say it with understanding, not letting it tumble out of our mouths thoughtlessly? Kings and kingdoms no longer exist. We catch a slight glimpse of royalty in England through tabloids, or an occasional royal wedding or funeral, but it is not real. When Jesus first taught this prayer to his disciples, kings and kingdoms were very real, the very center of power, grandeur, and authority in the psyche of all humanity. The idea of kingship and kingdom was unquestionably accepted as a divine arrangement, a focal point of unity, a part of one’s very identity, something to live and die for.

For us, power, more likely than not, is associated with inept democratic governments, mega companies, and banks. We are not happy with this, but it suits our radical individualism. We will not bend the knee to anyone and will mock as pompous any hint of royal protocol or deference. We do as we like; we are our own little kings, and our own little environments are our kingdoms which we desperately try to control. This is not so much a criticism as it is merely a description of the climate and culture in which we all live; it is the very air that we breathe.

And so the question remains for us, what is in our minds and hearts when we ask our Father that His Kingdom come? Do we even know what we are asking? Do we have the ability to genuinely grasp the idea of kingship and kingdom as it pertains to us as we practically live out our day to day lives?

2 Responses to “Your Kingdom come”

  1. Comment by Pat:

    Within the last few years praying for “Your kingdom come,” has taken on a new meaning! It has come to mean that God wants to invade earth now, not later! He wants to change our lives to reflect His kingdom. In other words, He wants us to utilize the authority we have as His children, to destroy the kingdom of darkness. He makes it clear this is the heritage of His children!

    When I recognize something in my life that doesn’t reflect His perfect kingdom, I pray for an open heaven, for Him to intervene and change it. If fear tries to control, or even a small dread wants to take over, I refuse it in Jesus Name! “No, that isn’t what my Father’s kingdom is about—-restore peace and joy!” It immediately takes my eyes off the dread and onto the joy of knowing He wants to take care of this issue in my life.

    Healing is one area where I have experienced His kingdom. If it’s a cold sore, a burn, or a cancer in my eye, I ask for open Heaven to come touch me, to make me whole. “The power of Your kingdom be released in my body so it lines up with heaven, not the sickness of this world!” He has healed me of 10-12 attacks against my body in the last 12 – 18 months!

    Your Kingdom Come takes the fear out of living in a dark world. God has provided all we need to walk in it victoriously and with joy. But it means keeping our eyes on His Kingdom!

  2. Pat,

    Thanks for opening up to us your insight on how we can live now in the reality of the Kingdom. The phrase “No, that is not what my Father’s Kingdom is about” I find especially valuable. What I find in this comment is a active and practical way to live in the reality of the Kingdom and fight the devil’s illusion that darkness is what is real. And, you are right that God”s Kingdom is manifested in healing, as the Gospels attest and should be the reality in the Church. I love what you say about the absence of fear; the clearer we live in the reality of God’s Kingdom, the less we will be inclined to fear. May his become more and more true of us all!

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