Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
The word “kingdom” in the original language means “rule” or “reign”. God’s Kingdom is unique; it is not a human kingdom. Earthly kingdoms rise and fall, but the reign of God will prevail and last forever. “Your Kingdom come” is a call for God to increase His Kingdom, to convert the hearts of unbelievers, to draw people to a saving knowledge of Christ.
When we pray, “Your kingdom come,” we are praying for the continued extension of God’s reign on earth. We are praying for God to convert the hearts of His enemies, bringing them to confess Jesus as Lord. We are praying that He puts those who refuse to submit beneath His feet (Psalm 110). We are praying for the coming of the day when all evil, all sin, and all rebellion against God is finally eradicated.
But also notice that when we pray this prayer, we imply that we work, we partner, with God. The Lord’s Prayer is a request, yes, but it is also a declaration, an affirmation. If our hearts long for the glory of God to cover the earth as water covers the sea, then we also work to bring that about. We use our money to partner with God in establishing the kingdom; we use our gift of extra time to partner with God. While waiting for the kingdom to be consummated, partner with God.
We must also understand, however, that when we pray for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, that this begins with each one of us. We must ask ourselves if we are hallowing God’s name. We must ask ourselves if we are doing God’s will.
As Christians, we are those who claim to have already submitted to the lordship of Christ. We are already citizens of His kingdom, and He is already our King. But are we faithful subjects or are we rebellious? If we are to pray in the way our Lord instructed, we must be those who live in the way our Lord instructed.
There are not many Kingdoms of God, only one. And all who trust in the Lord are one; there is not a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Anglican, or Pentecostal. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism. In this prayer we hope for the day when all divisions will be done away with, and we will all be members of this one Kingdom, praising God together. We anticipate this with confidence; in spite of divisions within the Church we are encouraged, knowing that believers from all churches are praying this prayer.
We obtain this Kingdom by trusting Christ as our King, by receiving Him as our Lord. Then whenever we pray the Lord’s Prayer we indicate our desire for the dominion of God and the success of the Gospel. We have a Kingdom worth praying for. One day, yet future, the forces of evil will be finally routed by the host of heaven. In the meantime, we pray, “Your Kingdom come.”
Pastor Yemisi Onanuga