Today’s Key Scripture (all references NKJV unless otherwise noted:
Your kingdom come.
What is God’s kingdom?
It is a vibrant relationship, for we are told, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).
The Bible also makes it clear that the kingdom of God is not a natural kingdom, but it is a heavenly one: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17).
It is a kingdom of eternal power: “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20).
There are six petitions found in the Model Prayer. The first three, including “Thy kingdom come,” relate expressly to honoring God, while the last three pertain to our own concerns.
This order is certainly in line with His admonition, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
So when you pray, “Your kingdom come,” you are asking God to release His righteousness, His peace, His joy, and His power—through the Holy Spirit—upon your heart and your life. After the things of God’s glory, kingdom, and will, we pray for the needful supports and comforts of this present life.
A Prayer for Today:
Father, help me to understand that Your kingdom is not just an eager longing for the coming of Christ, but it is my desire to see Your kingdom broaden and become increasingly established throughout the world, both here and now, as in the future. As I pray, “Your kingdom come,” help me to see that it is Your desire for all to be redeemed and to do my part in carrying out the Great Commission of taking the Gospel to all the world. Keep me mindful of the ways I can glorify You, even as I strive to be holy, even as Christ is holy. Amen!